A Journey Unfolding
Monday, November 27, 2006

found in the fellowship of the weak

"We are all bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak" -Henri Nouwen

It is the among the more potent challenges of my life and one of the more rich rewards - to see first hand how complex and intricate it is to actually live in community, real, authentic community with others. As I resolve to delve into the moments of others lives that maybe chaff at my senses of comfort I know there are times I am tempted to run the other way, content to hole up in my world of privacy and solidarity, remaining impotent, mute and un-purposed. I desire however to enter into the greater lessons, to set myself in places where I can absorb, glean, and learn from the living examples around me, just how to build community, intentionally and without compromise. I can surround myself with those that tenaciously grip to God throughout all of the turbulence of such a feat, seeking His glory, not pursuant of levels of hierarchy, rather living out of the recognition and conviction that we are all truly level, equalized because of the crimson vein that binds us together. It is against this backdrop that I am provided the opportunity to access, to entreat expectantly on behalf of those around me and for myself, of the One who is exceedingly abundantly able to give us more than we could ask or imagine, the One who pursues us with a perpetual devotion and desire.

"I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness." - Mother Teresa

Maria at 8:06 PM

Monday, November 13, 2006

for a lifetime

On the Journey to Becoming Friends written by DOUG WEIBE
Friendships are mysterious. They often begin and end when we least them expect them to. We sometimes become friends with people we are not initially drawn to. Sometimes we don't develop the kind of friendship we desire with someone we are attracted to. Some friendships take a lot of work, while others are as natural as breathing.
Friendship is a gift waiting to be revealed with every person I meet. With just a few people, the gift of covenant relationship will be revealed. With very many people, the gift of friendly waves and weather conversations will unfold. In between are the gifts of healthy working friendships, close lifelong friendships, friendships born in crisis, celebration, a shared passion for coffee, golf, children, faith, travel, et cetera.
Friendships are life-giving when we accept, nurture, and celebrate the particular gift that is present in each. Friendships are draining and difficult when we reject the gift by either not accepting the intimacy offered or trying to make the gift more intimate than it was ever meant to be. These gifts of friendship are scattered like ripe fruit in the gardens of our lives, waiting to be tasted and enjoyed.
Each gift is given by a loving God, who knows what we need and who desires a friendship with every one of us.
Therefore, while we may choose our friendships, we do not create the gift of friendship. We can work on our friendships, but we cannot change them into something they are not gifted to be. This is the pain and the joy, the poverty and the incredible freedom we experience on the journey to becoming friends.
For this precious and unrelenting gift of friendship You have granted... Jesus - I am eternally grateful!

Maria at 6:28 PM