Our friends Hermann and Adel are here! We are very excited. Tomorrow we will take them snowboarding – they are from Africa so it will be the coldest day of their lives.
We had a great church service, focused on the ultimate search and rescue. Jesus rescues those who know that they are lost. I realized today that immersion in materialism makes it hard to admit that we are poor. People who have everything find it hard to acknowledge their poverty – me included. Here’s a quote from Merton that challenged me:

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there
is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has
come uninvited. But because he cannot be at
home in it, because he is out of place in it, and
yet he must be in it, his place is with those
others who do not belong, who are rejected by
power, because they are regarded as weak,
those who are discredited, who are denied the
status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With
those for whom there is no room, Christ is
present in this world.