Sunday, July 4, 2010

When Home Becomes a New Community

I left for a year and a half on a journey of experiences, of challenges, of meeting new people, of venturing to new places, of opening up to new thoughts, of breaking down walls, of building strong foundations, of vulnerability, of strength, of relationship. And my journey continues at home for a bit.

You see when I left, I left a place that was familiar and now have returned to a place that is different and new. I haven't and can't come back to a place that was, but have come to a place that is. Those here may not see the changes that have occurred over the years, the changes around them, or even the changes in themselves, but there is a difference.

And so I find myself facing this new community who too, is learning to embrace who I am. Like any other place, home too holds such joy and such challenges. To see the growth that has taken place in the heart of my family and friends is breathtaking. And yet, to know that time once again is needed to get acquainted with each other is challenging. And so I choose to use this time to invest in them, to invest in all those around me.

I remain in contact with my previous communities and embrace my new community. With each coffee time, dinner, get together, concert, ball game, lake party, bonfire, road trip, and just evenings together...we grow closer, we encourage and challenge one another, and our relationships grow deeper.

I'm home.


  1. Welcome home sis! It is amazing to have you here. And I understand how things are different, but nothing has changed in our hearts and you are still part of this family circle with us and our circle of friends! You are still a special part and we are so glad to get to know you as well :) Love you tons!!!!

  2. Jenn, I am so glad I got to spend some time with you. I am so lucky to have you as a friend!

  3. We still love you exactly the same even though you've been away for awhile. It's good to have you home so we can hear about your adventures and you can hear about everything we've been doing while you were gone. I'm excited to see where God leads you next!

  4. Yay for home! So great to see you last week!! :) love you friend!

  5. Home is in the arms of our Father. Luckily, many of your friends are there WITH YOU regardless of the location of your body. HE is the tie that binds :) ...but having you within arms reach is REALLY NICE too! Nice to have you close enough to hug!

  6. it has been great having you home! we are blessed by your friendship and look forward to the upcoming yoU!

  7. It is always good to see you! I'm an encouraged by the work that God has done in you over the past year and a half and glad that I get to hear your testimony of his redemption and grace as you journey closer to him. He is an amazing God and provides us with the community we need when we need it. LOVE YOU!

  8. One of the things I do love about you is that you truly embrace THE NOW AND THE SEASON YOU ARE IN!
    I love you Jen Myers and I am so proud of you!
    Hope to see you SOON!