By Margaret Flynn, Heart’s Home volunteer in Spokane, WA
This month we were blessed with the presence of our visitor, Melanie, from New York. She arrived amidst a whirl of activity in our house. The first day she was here we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day with more friends and fun than we could have dreamed of! Over the course of the next week Melanie was able to fall into our daily routine of classes, work, visits with friends, and prayer. Midway through her trip we took her to a Mat Kearney concert here in Spokane. To end the visit with Melanie, she led us on a retreat at my parent’s house in the middle of Washington. It was a beautiful weekend, with snow falling and a feast of good food always on the table. Our visitor provided us with such a good reminder of what it means to be a Heart’s Home.
This month has proven challenging for all of us with our school work but has also been such a blessing with the presence of all our friends. Starting with our Nutella Day Party, to my mother’s visit, Melanie’s visit, all our dinner guests, and our beloved Youth Group friends, we are continually reminded of the importance of Heart’s Home in our friends’ lives. Last week, during our weekly Sunday brunch, one of our friends stated how glad he is that we exist. At that moment it hit me that I had stopped counting how many people came over to our house. We have friends over every day and it no longer matters how many people we can get to come to Heart’s Home, but rather, what the people who come to Heart’s Home experience here. Our dear friend expressed his gratitude for Heart’s Home in his life, and I realized that even if we do nothing for anyone here in Spokane but this one friend, our mission would not be a failure. I am so grateful for the gift to realize that it is quality, not quantity that matters: to be a Heart’s Home means to simply be present.