“Found your hope, then, on the ground under your feet. Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground Underfoot. Be it lighted by the light that falls freely upon it after the darkness of the nights” ~ Wendell Berry, Leavings.
This story is told of Saint Anthony, one of the great desert monastics of the fourth century:
Someone asked Abba Anthony, “What must one do in order to please God?” The old man replied “Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.”
The Family Tree began as Hyaets Community in 2005. From the beginning, one of the primary characteristics of our discipleship has been our rootedness in Enderly Park. We have adopted this place as the place where we “live and work and have our being,” and our commitment is to remain here. And just as we have become adapted this place, so has this place taken us in and nourished us. The people, the massive oaks, the old buildings, and the rolling hills all gently shape our walk together. Our lives are knit together with this particular place where we live. We hope that our stability here is one way that we can please God as we grow together in discipleship.
We take joy in God’s creation and find meaning, beauty, and inspiration when we engage with the Holy Spirit in acts of creativity.
We choose to order our lives around gatherings for prayer. The practice of prayer deepens our relationship with God and neighbor.
We open our doors to our neighbors – people of different backgrounds, races, theologies, and socio-economic status. When we welcome the stranger, we welcome God into our midst.