Losses and Gains

I’ve had to deal with a great deal of loss in the last month.

First, I lost my mother on February 11th. Losing the daily, loving presence of someone as important and significant as a mother, is not easy. I keep wanting to pick up the phone and hear her voice and the excitement she always showed when I called.

Next, I, along with the staff and board, have had to say good-bye to a 50,000 square foot building in Mt. Clemens that served us so well as a ReStore and “revenue-generator” for our mission at Macomb Habitat for Humanity. Even though the building was situated in an industrial area – not ideal for retail, the walls and rooms were filled with so many memories and good times.

In one corner I see former employee, Tammy, making us laugh. In another part of the building, I can picture the entire board of directors huddled around the new budget – brainstorming how all of our proposed changes would work. Goodness and God-ness remain within that building where now, a new owner will find his own version of happiness.

Loss is inevitable. But beyond the loss, there can be very wonderful times.

While my mom is resting in God’s arms, my brothers and sister are now much closer, checking in on each other as never before.

And the same goes for the new ReStore that Macomb Habitat purchased at 20 1/2 Mile on Van Dyke. New opportunities, donors and memories are in the making.

Loss hurts the heart in deep and powerful ways. But each day the sun comes up and new possibilities are present.

With mom’s watchful eye and a staff and board who give much more than is ever expected, warm rays of success will touch us.

More importantly, though, behind every ReStore purchase at our new Shelby Township store, a devoted family will be that much closer to homeownership and to hope.

Join us as we put the losses behind us and embrace our very happy future.