One of the most intimate gifts we can give another person is to share some of our life stories and invite them to share some of theirs. We all have so many waiting to be spoken and heard, and while it might take a bit more time for some to share than others, it is worth the effort. It’s amazing how close we can be in physical proximity but very distant in things that matter most. Storytelling and deep listening are two of the best ways to bridge that gap.
Tell me about yourself. Where is “home” for you? Where were you born and raised? Your parents, siblings? Likes and dislikes? What kind of work do you do or did, or want to do? What have you learned about yourself during COVID-19? What is your most sacred image of God, church, family, or faith? What are your hopes and dreams? What’s on your bucket list – things you may have always wanted to do but never got around to – like getting a tattoo (yes, me!), experiencing the Northern Lights, road trip across the U.S., or running a marathon? You get the picture, don’t you? Do you also get how fun and liberating such conversations can be for all sides?
This Sunday is Laity Sunday and we will be hearing from four of our church members: Carson Cook, Michael Vann, Jim Crawley, and Winnie Taylor. I can hardly wait and am looking forward to the inspiration that I know each one will bring in his and her own way.
I hope you will join us and I want to also encourage you to be intentional this week – seek out a friend or two and catch up, share some of who you are and what’s been going on, and celebrate the good stuff, because I assure you there’s plenty to celebrate. Or take the initiative to try to make a new friend with someone at work or in your neighborhood. Listen carefully to what they have to say. Share and listen. It’s called holy communion, loving neighbor, being Christian.
Grace and peace,