Last night I stopped over at A Simple House on T Street NW, There is a community there which includes three CUA Alumni. As the name implies it is a simple little community of good people trying to live the Gospel as best as they can. To be honest I’m kind of ashamed that it has taken me so long to get there.
Here is what I noticed….
As the name implies they live simply… They try to remove from their lives, or not invite into their lives, those things which get in the way of living the Gospel. Recently when one of the houses was broken into the perpetrators probably had a hard time finding something that they wanted to steal. I guess it’s one of the benefits of living simply.
They are normal people… I’ve known them since they were freshmen.. They are normal.. they are just like us. Sometimes we tend to excuse ourselves from the Gospel call to service and holiness by saying oh “those people are holy, they are different” The residents of A Simple House are like you and me and for a while God has called them to live their lives in community with each other and those in need and they said yes...
They genuinely love the people they serve. All over the house there are photos scotch taped to the walls, Pictures of families, of little kids of moments of community. Each photo shows a person they have had the privilege to know. The people of A Simple House’s community seem to be touched by the lives of the people they serve as much as much or more as they are of service to them. (Does that make sense?) In other words… as often is the case with the Gospel, they seem to get as much or more as they give… in their service to the people in DC.
Sadly our culture always seems to put a treadmill of busyness and worries and challenges before us and says run. Most of us do… I know I have run on that treadmill for years sometimes its so hard to get off. Then out of the blue God sends you an invitation to anOpen House at A Simple House and gently invites you to look again at what is important. That’s what happened to me last night.
Thanks Bianca Laura and Ryan… thanks for a great night… Proud of you … always have been. Erin great meeting you and I’m proud of you too.
PS. Click on their logo and it will take you to their website. They can explain their call and their dream a lot better than I can.