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One Piece of the Mosaic

To my friends at Mosaic NEO,

Today, I sit at my desk and gather the bravery I need to tackle the mounds of unopened mail and all the other overwhelming and simple realities of being home. But first, before I move any further, I want to pause and remember some priceless moments from the past few days we shared together.

Feeling thankful.

The moment when I stepped off the plane and out into the sunshine and had someone there waiting to whisk me off to a lunch – complete with hummus and pita bread (something that had been a staple for the past two weeks in Israel) — created a connection between where I had been and where I was going. Thank you for nourishing me.

In the warm afternoon sun, I crawled into a hammock on the edge of the woods and rested my jet-lagged body, until I heard the tender young voices of three children who woke me up and welcomed me to their home. Thank you for a home to stay in.

Arriving at a lodge situated on the edge of Lake Erie, I encountered one of the Great Lakes, I had never seen. The vastness of a moving mass of water, reminded me again of the vastness of the story God is unfolding when we take the time to listen to one another. We walked, talked (and sat on some incredibly sharp rocks); this time marked me. Thank you for sharing time and beauty.

We gathered to celebrate God, to refresh our minds and hearts and focus on community. We learned about “blessing” being more than a passive approach of receiving, but instead of vulnerably bending our knee and choosing to stand up and into the ways God blesses us. Thank you for risking bent knees.

And yes, there were tears when hidden places were gently but firmly shaken to reveal the need for the tender heart of God to heal and bring hope. Thank you for trusting me to join you in that journey.

On Saturday, when we didn’t returned home until close to midnight, I was blurry-eyed with tiredness. As I crawled into the bottom bunk of a child’s bed that I was given to sleep in, I looked up and found this written on the bed slate:

“God love Becky.”

Thank you for the encouragement.

My final night there again we gathered, in a school gym to talk about how Marriage is Messy. I talked about the differences between men and women – how God sees this as good and longs for us to experience more of who God is through valuing these differences. Some held their breath as I talked about the s-word… sex. Others let out a deep sigh of relief. Thank you for sharing this sacred ground.

There are so many moments from the past few days that return to me – so many faces that are piercing my thoughts right now as I write this and I am grateful.

I experienced not just who Mosaic NEO is, but what it means to be a part of a mosaic.  If your vision was to be a place where brokenness, held in the hands of love, creates beauty – you do that well.

Thank you for letting me be just one small piece in your mosaic.

6 replies
  1. Sarah lintz
    Sarah lintz says:

    Becky, what a great recap! It was not by chance that you were called to visit at this time and to Mosaic! God is truly and powerfully using you to touch our community in a beautiful way. I am so very thankful to Him for that and for you. The weekend was inspiring, tender and eye opening. I pray in agreement that we all can hold those moments in our hearts and move forward with boldness into what God has for each one of us. I can’t wait to share time with you again. There is something so wonderful and moving In the way Christ shines through you! With Love, Sarah

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  2. jason rice
    jason rice says:

    Thank you for being transparent with us as you shared. Thank you for speaking into the lives of the women at mosaic but specifically into my wife. Thank you for being obedient to what God has called you to do. Thank you for taking time away from your family to do all of this. Thank you for listening, speaking and challenging TK and AK. For what you have done with my friends, there are not enough thank yous. May God continue to bless you and breathe into you!

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    • BeckyPatton
      BeckyPatton says:

      Jason,
      Your kind of a great “J” to me. I look forward to the next time we meet, but must insist that you make me a Manhattan as I hear your quite the expert.

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