front door view
miami is one big sprawling place. for the past four years we were in a beautiful little enclave. it was good for us…for me. it took me three years to transition here and God knew just where i needed to be in the midst of transitioning to marriage and two babies.
but we were ready to move closer to downtown. now we are about as close to downtown as you can get and still live in a house. we are able to walk places. grocery store? check. restaurants? check. bakery? check. there is even a pediatrician across the street i’m going to check out.
it’s also a bit grittier. it is still a great part of the city but it is the city. just walking down the street there are sights and smells that remind you where you are. i’m growing to love this city and its people and omar and i can sit and talk forever about this city and what we pray will happen and become here.
“the city” in general is a topic and place of interest for both of us. what it means to be a christian in a city and why we should be here are questions discussed at length in our home. the following passage is from eric o. jacobsen’s book sidewalks in the kingdom: new urbanism and the christian faith:
Another way that the cities in which we live are from God is that he has provided the vision and concrete hope for redemption in the city of New Jerusalem. As we witnessed throughout the biblical accounts, God continually led his people back to communion with himself within the context of a city. Had God not given John a particular vision of a city in his revelation, we may have been tempted to overlook the form of the city as the context for our redemption, and we may have missed something important in our cities. Because of this significant place in the history of our salvation, we cannot disregard the specific form of the city as a unique context with redemptive possibilities. John’s vision gives us permission to examine our own cities for such redemptive possibilities, even if they exist only as a shadow form of what is to come. p69
and i would add that surely New Jerusalem will have a gelato shop downtown where you can get black pepper/olive oil, caramel sea salt, and coconut gelato. and if what i had today was just a shadow of what’s to come, well, then i must say i am at a loss for words.