Yesterday I dropped in to our local Pregnancy Care Center to pick up the baby bottles that are the props for one of the Center's major fundraisers. Each year on Mother's Day the baby bottles are distributed to local churches and the churches show a short video during their weekend service that talks about abortion and the alternatives that the Pregnancy Care Center wants the distressed pregnant to know about.
I hadn't been to the Center for a while, caught up in my own exciting, busy life. I did know, however, that the Maternity Home had closed. This residential program for women who were pregnant and homeless had been a vision of the Comox Valley Center's Director, Julie Legoff. The homelessness that we had heard so much about just didn't seem to translate into a desire for services by women who were wanting shelter while they planned for their new little someone... or, perhaps if the Center had been equipped to deal with pregnant women who were attempting to come off street drugs, there would have been 'takers'. But, nonetheless, there were a handful of women who did live at the Maternity Home, and because of them, it was worth it all.
Julie is a busy wife and mom and has other critical concerns in her life-- the Center's closing was a crystallization of feelings, particularly loss and grieving. But amazingly, and as Julie sees it clearly-- through the grace of God-- hope and new opportunity has sprung from the ashes of the old vision of a Maternity Home. The wonderful counselor who dropped by for sessions with the young women asked if it would be possible for her to rent to rent the current quarters of the Center, the downstairs of the house that was the Maternity Home. This allows the Center to relocate upstairs into the house proper, where there is ample space for the clothing 'boutique' (layettes, and other baby and maternity clothing), and more than one office. Someone from one of the Churches has approached with an idea for using her skills to offer classes in budgeting, and another woman is keen on teaching cooking classes in the Center's kitchen.
Julie feels pretty humbled by the experience of expansiveness at a time that initially felt like closing in, closing off, shutting down. I challenge you to reflect on times in your life where closing a door has resulted in another door opening... and to examine what opportunities you presently have that you have been viewing as great disappointments.
A new little flash movie from the people at Simple Truths. It's so freeing (and unblocking) to build laughter into your life everyday! My husband and I often refer back to the 'mental vacation' that the Bill Murray guy was instructed to take in the movie "What About Bob?"