Tired Of Being Alone?

Posted: March 13, 2008 in Daily Blog
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I wrote this for our church, let me know what you think about it…  

I am sure you have experienced a time when you were in line for something, like a movie, or groceries, and it happened.  Right there in front of you.  Without warning.  A couple of people made the all too familiar recognition noise.  For women it usually is a high-pitched squeal “Oh My God!” for men the “Hey” that sounds like someone is stealing their favorite tool.  And you stand and watch as they relive their lives from the past week on right in front of you.  It is like long lost friends, or BFF’s reconnecting after what seemed to them like months, but you know from the conversation it has only been a few days.  (And you know BFF is a term used for kids, certainly not these fun loving adults.) 

It is a bittersweet moment.  These complete strangers seem to have that deep connection you long for.  You love to see people at their best, caring for one another in genuine and heart-felt conversation, but it leaves you feeling a little empty inside.  You long to know and be known by others this way; it just seems so hard.  Life is so busy; I mean, you have kids, a job, a mortgage, and with all the practices and all, how in the world do people get to know one another like this?  So much so that when they bump into each other in public it is like fireworks of connection and concern for each other.  You want to know how though, you want to take the step, but putting yourself out there can be so hard.

The people that are striving to care for one another with this depth, with this transparency that is so inspirational, with the passion for knowing others, are the same people that make up our church.  They love each other, deeply, and with great concern.  They are real people struggling with the same things you are; finances, faith, kids, jobs, and making sense of this life.  They don’t have all the answers, but they have each other, and they have a place where they gather to learn more about having Faith. 

They also know that they are incomplete.  No matter how full it feels to have this kind of relationship with people, there is always room for more people.  They know that without you there they are missing something.  They are incomplete without you, and they want you to know you can come anytime, with any burden, in any condition and be welcomed in this place.  There are no outsiders here, only people wishing you were here too.  We have been missing you, and it is time for you to join us as we wrestle with life, relationships and God.

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Comments
  1. Michael says:

    This post just makes me miss you guys.

  2. Graham says:

    we miss you guys too!

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