At the end of August, Jake and I travelled across the pond to visit a dear friend. This trip took us to London and Paris. It also achieved some much-needed rejuvenation! We spent nine days exploring these amazing cities via trains, planes, automobiles and MANY hours on foot. At an average of 10 miles each day, we made our way into lovely cafes, ancient cathedrals, and extraordinary museums. In the midst of our adventuring, we experienced much needed rest and quality time with friends.
A portion of our trip that made a remarkable impact on Jake and I both were the amazing views we encountered from points around these two cities. From museum viewing decks to turrets of cathedrals, we gained perspectives of homes and lives that are unavailable from street level.
One such perspective is apparent in the photos above. If you look closely, you can see the Eiffel Tower perched far off at the other end of the city. On this particular day we walked from the top-most point of the Sacre Coeur (where this photo was taken) to the top viewing deck of the Eiffel Tower (far off in the distance). Imagine that journey- 13 miles across Paris on foot with the tower in view the entire time… so close… but SO FAR! Of course the trek was well worth each step- no elevators involved! The city was vast in all directions, with gorgeous monuments and beautiful houses complied to create this picturesque scene.
It was also intriguing to think that each rooftop and window that made up this cityscape was part of the fabric of someone’s life. Each mom strolling with their toddler in tow had a story that many may never hear. Stories are such a significant part of our DNA at The Table, I couldn’t help but consider all the stories collected in this one place. The amazing part is the fact that from this elevated position we were able to see both perspectives- the wide view and the details. I believe God gifted us those moments, because that was exactly what we needed to refresh our passion. We needed to see the big picture, after being so focused on the details and logistics of church life. But we also needed to be reminded that each big picture is made up of individual stories. And like the Eiffel Tower off in the distance, we need only to be faithful on the journey He has called us to!
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers over the summer as we pressed on through the building renovation! We were thrilled to see so many of you at the Launch Party. Luckily, we are beginning to settle into normal #LifeAtTheTable and it’s going great! If you’re in St. Peters on a Saturday night, come visit us at 49 Circle Way.
Sam and Jake