12.16.2010

red light district, psalm 23

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, all the days of my life, all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever, forever, forever amen!  ( I sang that to you)

With Jesus we lack nothing, so no more striving or anxiety about performing to be good enough or reach the next level. Ew, no more of that. God loves me!

We rested quite a bit today (He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters) and then went to the Tabernacle. That is the prayer room in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, yes a prayer room amidst all the women in the red-lit windows. How beautiful to worship and intercede amidst all of the confusion in that place. It is very right to be there. For me, I am struggling with wanting to know the real stories of the women who work as prostitutes... Do they want to be there? Were they forced into it? I have heard so many different opinions even since being here. I want to know their stories. I just want to have conversations with them.

At the Tabernacle we also prayed for the current child pornography cases to expose the industry, as well as interceding about the underground sex trafficking industry.

It is so refreshing for all of this to be more of a reality for us. To be here feels very normal, like we have taken it in stride. No fireworks or big kaboom clouds, no pressure. Both Josh and I are interested in what normal life here could look like. We shall see. For now He is blessing us with being here together and soaking it all in.

Love you all.

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness.

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