Gail and I are in the Twin Cities this weekend for last night’s Good Friday meeting, tomorrow’s Sunrise service at the Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and Easter Sunday worship at the St Paul Citadel.

This morning we split different directions to visit.  I headed to Oakdale to try a Western Panini at Dreamcoat Coffee with Lars and Kristy Carlson.  Their two sons, Marky and Ethan, were busy nearby with Spongebob Squarepants on computers at a counter.  Lars and Kristy work long hours, utilize their gifts of ministry, and love what they do. 

The panini was good, along with my cafe au lait.  So was our talk about Dreamcoat’s past several months, how it fits among traditional expressions of the Salvation Army mission, and the place innovation has in the Army’s future.

I don’t feel I can tell all the details of the story Lars shared with me this morning; it’s moving.  But this week a young teen girl’s painting was placed on display in the coffee shop area where people dine, listen to music and comedy programs Friday nights, and meet throughout the week to study the Bible and talk about faith.  The painting represents a turning point, metanoia, in the teen’s life, it shows that something of God’s peace and hope has entered the life of this young person who is going through a very difficult time.

It was a beautiful morning on this day between Good Friday and Easter.  It’s a day that stands between darkness and light, despair and hope, a day that precedes the certainty of the resurrection.  And I am glad that the resurrection life entered a teen girl’s life this week in a coffee shop in the Twin Cities.