Sunday, July 15, 2012

What does together look like?

July 15, 2012

Dear friends,

In this blog I have proposed theoretically that good relationships are bi-directional with interaction marked by mutual participation and mutual benefits. Some of you may have wished that I would write more about practical experience and less about theory. However, you may wish you had been more careful about what you wished for when you learn what is about to happen.

This weekend it was my privilege to spend forty-eight uninterrupted hours with four women in the crowded  confines of my small condominium home. Among the five of us there are no biological connections. We do not share common work settings, common geographical communities, or common church affiliations or communities. We vary widely in age, education, and family backgrounds. We do, however, each have a deep personal commitment to daily practice of our individual understanding of the Christian faith. We share too a belief that as Christians we are called to life long learning and life long commitment to the common good of those around us.

For the next two or three blogs I am going to write about this weekend with these women, and the ways in which my experience compares and contrasts with the ideas about relationship that I’ve been exploring here.

I am not beginning this short series today for a reason you will likely anticipate: I am too tired. I would doubt seriously if there are many of you out there who would report intentional, focused, conscious group relationships as piece-of-cake-easy, no work at all, so I doubt that you will be surprised.

Yet, tired as I am, if you were to ask me if I were open to a weekend like this again, I would answer, “In a heart-beat.”

Somehow, I doubt that that surprises you either.

I hope you will be interested enough to check in again next week to catch the beginning of this short series.

Thinking with you this week about the mystery of relationships in the way in which, unmerited, they sometimes return seven—no—seventy-seven times over what we may have invested.

See you next week.


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