This Side of Heaven

So, here we are 8 months into our travels and we are finding that although our original desire to serve and encourage community has not ceased, the journey is more about us being healthy enough to serve and encourage.

When push came to shove there was a lot of stuff in our marriage that needed to be put on the table, owned and forgiveness asked for. Once that process started it was only a matter of time before the health that comes from reconciling started to permeate our journey. It began to impact our relationship with our children, challenging us to be open and keep short accounts. It exposed attitudes and beliefs that kept us from being truly connected and it began to reshape our thinking about our connection with extended family and friends.

Meant to be a safe place, “family” is typically dangerous ground with shards of impatience, critical spirits and co-dependency.  Yes, in family it all hangs out, the blemishes,  junk and our hypocrisy. But, family is also where the deepest root of reconciliation can begin. It is where that reconciliation can transform a marriage, a parent/child or sibling relationship into one of the most profound connections we feel this side of heaven.  It takes the choice of two to make that connection, to enter the mystery, hearts softened, arms wide open. We are thankful for continued opportunities to experience this awesome gift. We are thankful for family, all of them. Every single one.

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Jana Holland

www.thehollands.org

6 thoughts on “This Side of Heaven”

  1. Hello Holland Family,
    Thank you for the heart-felt blog commentary.
    Our Fresen family just spent the weekend in Holland….Amsterdam. Great city!
    Vicki & I saw Tom Russell in concert at an old church turned into a hall. Andrea met up with college friends.

    bob

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  2. In a nutshell there you have it! Really, thanks for being so open and honest. Marriage is work and not giving up on your relationship and your connection and keeping your love alive is a daily thing not a date night thing….Hope to see you guys this summer in Wisconsin somewhere!

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  3. Greetings Holland Family! We always enjoy catching up to you via your enewsletter. Thank you for all the work you put into it.

    The bus progress sounds beautiful. Would love to see an enterior snap shot:)

    Greatly appreciated your words: “Meant to be a safe place, “family” is typically dangerous ground with shards of impatience, critical spirits and co-dependency. Yes, in family it all hangs out, the blemishes, junk and our hypocrisy. But, family is also where the deepest root of reconciliation can begin. It is where that reconciliation can transform a marriage, a parent/child or sibling relationship into one of the most profound connections we feel this side of heaven. It takes the choice of two to make that connection, to enter the mystery, hearts softened, arms wide open.” So incredibly penned. Such deeply felt words. Thank you.

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