i think these little posts are doing some good :) i actually got into a conversation ~ described what i would like to do with different churches & i didn't fall over my words. i felt like the person echoed my thoughts and there was an agreement or validation regarding the importance of authentic communication - connection within the church body.
rereading: it is easily said - of course authenticity is important, but i think it was more than that between the words. i listened to her tell me of the amount of churches she visited before she found her home. i wasn't aware that i was collecting data at the time; however, i feel like she was telling me she searched until she landed in her now church family ~ and in this family she feels supported and connected. really what she said was "my husband wants to move to be closer to his family, but i want to stay - now that we have found this church i don't want to leave. i just had my third child and my community group provided meals for two weeks.. two weeks!!" "i can call when i need something and i don't feel like i shouldn't - i pick up the phone and dial."
there is something about the connection formed in the mist of need that bonds us ~ encourages us to be present week after week.
friendship is intentional. so intentional i only have capacity for a few outside of my immediate family.
i have to admit - the honest difficulty i have with what to do with new connections. not because of the initial experience, but the integrity of honoring what is new and forming.
something to be explored.
Lord - help this work to be lasting .. a place where the Spirit resides ~ a place that even the skeptic will be encouraged and challenged to be real and connected.