Notes from the Director

March 2012

“May the frost never afflict your spuds”

“May there always be work for your hands to do”

“If God sends you down a stony path, may He give you strong shoes”

– Irish Blessings


Happy Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying a less hectic Bozeman now that Spring Break is here. While others are off to warmer climates, we can enjoy less traffic, no lines and plentiful space at church. With temperatures in the 60’s over the weekend, it was like a little spring break right here at home.

Then Monday morning comes and we wake up to snow, glazed ice sidewalks, and three babies crying at once at Family Promise. Ah, March in Bozeman!

One of the reasons I especially like Irish blessings is that they acknowledge that life is not all sunshine and roses. Life is a mix of hard work and blissful rest, stormy days and blessed sun, pain and joy. We need to embrace it all, and be grateful that ‘if God sends us down a stony path, He provides us with strong shoes.’

Sometimes I look at our families and am amazed at their resilience. Many grew up in homes with drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual violence, absent fathers, and few if any healthy role models. Yet somewhere along the way they made a conscious choice to not continue the dysfunctional patterns and to make a better life for themselves and their children. God gave them strong shoes, and we are here to help make their long journey a bit easier.

So put on your green, head down to the Race to the Pub this Saturday, and cheer on the runners as they raise funds for Family Promise. And remember, a wish for everyone: “Walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, and tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart may desire.”