From the Branch to the River


Where in the world is DeeDee? In God’s grace and strength she and her dear husband, Paul, have been transplanted to their South Carolina home. We did not leave our life-long home state of Pennsylvania lightly? There were hosts of reasons why we should have remained in PA. However, there are five reasons that called us South—our grandchildren. As a pair with a passion for faith in the next generation it was a clear decision. We are delighted to share life and community with our family. Since our arrival on July 22nd we have been spotted at swim meets, baseball and soccer games and numerous local restaurants. In these three months we have continuously reflected on God’s faithfulness and sustenance. We are especially grateful for God’s provision for my mother. The day we moved her by medical transport from our West Chester home to the upstate of SC was one of the most challenging of our lives. Life changed for all of us that day. We would no longer be her 24/7 in home caregivers and she would be with her loved ones in SC. Literally, the Lord gave her the desire of her heart. That is pretty amazing for a 93 year old hospice patient. Personally, Paul and I give thanks for the daily presence of my sister and her husband in our mother’s life and in our own. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Our relocation, however, is more than a physical uprooting. It is a spiritual journey. In Pennsylvania we lived on West Branch Lane. Since the day we moved to that place I associated it with Isaiah 11: 1: A shoot will come up from of Jesse; from its roots a Branch will bear fruit. Our season on The Branch was more meaningful than we could have ever imagined. Our lives were blessed and altered by the families that surrounded us there. Indeed, we did not leave The Branch lightly. But God, in his infinite grace and mercy moved us from The Branch to The River. Our new street is named after a tidewater river in the coastal area of SC—the Wando River. Our spiritual journey continues. AMEN!

One thing is certain. We never have to ask the question: Where in the world is God? He lives on your street. Bring God into the Moment in your home today.

Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing (Ezekiel 47:12).

One thought on “From the Branch to the River

  1. Deedee – Beautiful! Thanks for sending this to me! I have not been on the internet much lately (other than to catch up on my work) and check in quickly on relatives. You both have been SO INSPIRATIONAL here and will be missed — BUT— I KNOW how hard it is to be away from your children and I don’t even yet have grandchildren. Brian has moved from Alaska to Colorado but still so far away. Jess still at Liberty – now in grad school. Hugs, Patti



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