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Friendships, Airships, Internships

(Okay, so technically “airship” is a blimp, not a plane, but I was on a roll with the “-ships” and couldn’t help myself.)

A couple of weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to a very dear friend of mine. I am not a big fan of change in general. I am an especially not-big-fan of change when it means shipping my friend and roommate of almost five years to the other side of the planet — literally — with no clear idea of when I get to see her again.

Of course, this was a day we had anticipated for a long time. International migration is not exactly something that happens on the spur of the moment. For years, it was that unpleasant necessity that loomed on the horizon — an unpleasant necessity I preferred to mostly not think about. However, in the last months, when the countdown to my friend’s departure was much more urgent, I found myself thinking about it a lot. I only had close access to this person for a short time. How could I maximize the time and connection we had together before it was time to say goodbye? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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Overcoming Loneliness

Okay. Can I just say that Stuart Greaves kicked my tail in FCF this Sunday. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I definitely had a couple moments of feeling like he was preaching the sermon straight at me. The rest of the room just thought it was a general message. Except that, come to think of it, what I just said is part of the problem he addressed. “Overcoming loneliness.”

Loneliness is something I’ve struggled with off and on throughout my life. Sometimes I couldn’t help it (like the years-long stretch of my childhood where — long story — I literally had no friends). Sometimes I definitely could have helped it, but didn’t (like the years I spent being too blasted timid to speak to anyone). Lately, it’s been more of a nuisance than a real-deal slump. I’ve had semi-regular bouts with it, but it hasn’t been totally messing up my life like it used to.

But since God seems to be in the mood of bringing a lot of my emotional junk up to the surface lately, the timing on this sermon couldn’t have been more priceless. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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Another Reason the Kingdom is for the Childlike

Have you ever seen two babies interacting together? There are three little guys and one little gal on the KC NightWatch right now. I love seeing when two parents will bring their babies together, and just watch their faces. Their little eyes are wide, and excited squeals ensue. It’s as if they’d never seen another baby before. In a world full of giant, grown-up people who can walk and talk and feed themselves and do all sorts of things that a six-month-old can’t yet understand, it must be terribly exciting to meet someone else your own size. I can just imagine the thrill of finding another little person who is learning and experiencing the world for the first time, just like yourself.

As I was watching one of these exchanges today, I was struck with Jesus’ exhortation for us to become like little children. We grown-ups have gotten so used to living among people that we have ceased to be delighted by them. C.S. Lewis once said something to the effect that, if we were to see each other as we will be in eternity, we would be tempted to worship each other. I think of how, in the age to come, we will be able to fully appreciate the wonderful creation of God — each other. I can’t wait until the body of Christ is glorified, and my eyes are finally opened to the full beauty God has placed in every saint. Just think about it: even someone who tries your patience now will be a blast to be around in the age to come. When all of our inner issues are settled and the sin nature is done away with, we will be able to fully appreciate each other for who we are.

But I don’t want to wait until then. I want to get a glimpse of that now, even with people I already like and appreciate, but especially with people who are at odds with me. I know my dim little eyes haven’t seen the half of what God has built into this wonderful Body of Christ, but I want to see. I want to begin loving and delighting in people with new eyes… to see them as Jesus sees them… to see them with the eyes of a little child.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2008 in Eternity, Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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