Recently, I left Spokane for a new job, new house, new state and a new community. I finally have living room furniture, and I have spent a total of grand total of four days at my new job. But as I begin my new adventure, I reflect on the community I left behind.
I never really considered myself a Spokanite. I’m certainly not a native. I am not a hiking enthusiast, I don’t understand the appeal of Greenbluff, and I am not particularly fond of the outdoors (due to my being both fair-skinned and bug-averse). I struggled to find a church. But then I met Tracy a couple of years ago, and I think it was the beginning of my journey to become a full-fledged Spokane citizen.
I met Tracy just as Spokane Faith & Values launched, and I volunteered to write for the site. It was a good chance to get some writing on my curriculum vitae, but it also became a crucial way for me to meet a diverse group of people from all ends of the religious and non-religious spectrum. Sure, I had lovely work friends, but without the experience of Spokane Faith & Values, I would have had to find other ways to step outside the Pinecone Curtain of Whitworth. It has been a wonderful, educational, growing experience. As a result of participating as a panelist in one of several coffee talks, I met Liv Larson Andrews, and eventually I began attending Salem Lutheran Church. In my experience, finding a church is what really enables me to feel grounded in a community. And so, with the combination of work friends, Spokane Faith & Values, and Salem Lutheran Church, I finally felt like I belonged.
But an irresistible job opportunity presented itself and began to think about leaving Spokane. I don’t know how many times I told people that leaving the job was easy, but leaving dear friends behind was going to be much more difficult. And I reminded people that Spokane is a mere 45 minute flight to Boise. I left behind a community, and I have begun to form new relationships and find a place in the new community.
This morning I visited a church that Liv recommended, and that is mere blocks from my house. We sang a song that has become one of my favorites, a song that seems appropriate for this time of my life. The first line goes like this: “Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.” In my last service at Salem Lutheran, we sang the same song. The send-off song at Salem Lutheran became my welcome song at Trinity Lutheran, as a transition from Spokane to Nampa. But I will always keep the Spokane community close to my heart, even as I begin to integrate into the Nampa community.
And lo and behold! My first visitors to my new house (that are not related to me) were friends from Spokane.
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