Congratulations to Dileep and Melanie Bhateley of Lot 9 (February 18), Jim and Jeannine McMeans of Lot 4 (February 19), and Paul and Bridget Fuselier of Lot 8 (February 22), who join together with us--Doug and Michele Henry of Lot 1 (February 26)--in staking claims to life together in our special little neighborhood. It is our great joy to happily welcome our first friends, families, and neighbors into the lovely community that we have envisioned building in The Cloister at Cameron Park.
Our dream from the beginning was to design a small pocket neighborhood so as to support the practices of friendship, hospitality, and neighborliness. These practices are things to which we have been called, and Michele and I understand that calling as neither self-appointed nor self-defined. Put simply, because we have been blessed by God through Christ's love, we seek to respond in thanks to the Lord as we befriend, encourage, help, love, and support others, whomever they may be.
"Who is my neighbor?" someone once asked Jesus. Thinking of the parable that Christ related in answer, we have made neighbors of those strangers to whom we have shown mercy near and far. We certainly want to be no less than mercy-givers to our neighbors next door as well.
In service to our dream of what The Cloister at Cameron Park might be, multiple things were priorities for us from the outset. Settling on a site plan that avoided the obstacles to community life presented by urban grid and suburban sprawl was important. Finding a location that incorporated tranquil natural beauty and proximity to the heart of Waco was also key. Utilizing professional expertise from someone that listened to and understood our aspirations was essential as well. Yet we know that a thoughtful site plan developed in a wonderfully scenic location by a superb professional is only the beginning. The place needs people--and now we have them!
God bless the McMeans, Fuseliers, Bhateleys, and Henrys, the first among others to come in The Cloister at Cameron Park. May we undertake lives marked by supportive community, growing friendships, gracious hospitality, and renewed lives, as God blesses us each and all.