Here at Haven of Rest, we believe it is our call to be a glimpse of God’s love. So many of the guests that come to Haven of Rest have burdens, hardships, addiction issues and an overall feeling of separateness and alienation. As a staff it is our joy to show the love of Christ to these guests. When I think of our call here at the Mission, I’m reminded of a quote:
“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.” –Richard Rohr
As I reflect on this quote I’m struck by that amazing realization “God loves you so you can change.” This is a truth that can bring about an experience of freedom! The freedom to know that you are loved by God, right now, as you are. What a wonderful revelation!
Here at the Mission, this is our message we hope to pass on to our guests. It is a message with a deep impact. We witness it bearing fruit by the changes that come about in our guests. It is the message of God’s love.