he knocks on the door and i wonder how my youngest will answer. last time they played together it didn’t end well. this is what happens with friends, the more time you spend together, the closer you get and eventually your sin will show up and sin always hurts people.
that day ended in tears and cries of; “it’s like he’s not my friend anymore.” there were heated words exchanged with my older boy defending his brother and letting that neighbor boy know what’s what. some days it’s one of my boys who’s sinned and then the heated words are between them, but they are brothers and working it out comes with that territory. with friends, however, there is the choice to leave things as they ended and just stop playing together.
after that day, 3 boys who’d sought each other out day after day after live-long day stopped. and when that familiar knock comes, i’m not sure the wounded one is ready.
he opens the door and standing before him is this friend holding an unopened package. daniel hardly says hello, invites his friend in and runs to get the scissors. together they open the package and delight in it’s contents. it’s a pair of gloves, with grips on them, for football. they look them over and ooh and ahh together and they all head out to play so their friend can see how they work. whatever had gone on that one day, one neighbor boy didn’t want to open his package without the others.
i stand amazed. i think to myself-this is what forgiveness looks like. this is what friendship looks like.
as we go about our weekend, may we bask in the joy of forgiveness with our friends! if you are the one who sinned, may you still have the courage to show up with your package, inviting your friend to share in your joy. if you are the one who has been offended, may you have courage to forgive and grace to rejoice with your friend’s new way cool football gloves.
Inspiring things from around the web, my version of sharing new exciting grippy football gloves…
I recently finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This powerful read kept me company all these sick days i’ve had lately, and i did cry a few times-real tears from deep down, but the story was so worth it:
She was a girl.
In Nazi Germany.
How fitting that she was discovering the power of words.
I’ve really been enjoying Seth Haines’ Recovery Room series. Because we are all in need of recovery from something:
Throughout 2015, I’ll be hosting various writers, pastors, and counselors as they step into the Recovery Room. Here, we’ll discuss the things that supplant inner sobriety, and connectedness to an abiding God. Couldn’t we all use a little recovery from something?
When my daily rhythm feels more like a drumbeat than a heartbeat, it’s time for me to pay attention to three simple realities:
This one is more of a listen than read. My pastor has been battling a rare illness for a couple of years. After a grueling 5 months absence, this past Sunday he was well enough to share with his flock; Learning Lessons in the Crucible:
The more seriously I take suffering, the more seriously I will take those who suffer.
For Art and Discovery:
If you aren’t familiar with Jeanne Oliver’s creative network you are missing out! She has online classes of all types for the artist within. I’m not a painter myself, but i’ve found quite a bit of inspiration for the artist that I am from classes on her site. My daughter is the one who is gifted in the visual arts, and i have marveled at the growth both in her skill and her courage and freedom after time with Jeanne. Starting Monday Jeanne is hosting a new watercolor class with Danielle Donaldson. The site is free to join and there are some free courses you can check out.
Speaking of classes, Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is doing something way cool:
Join us online for a four-week guided journey where I’ll help you create the home you’ve always wanted starting with what you already have. You’ll pick one room in your house and focus on that space for the duration of the four weeks. Our first session begins on March 26th, 2015 and runs to April 16th, 2015.
I discovered Natalie Metrejean on instagram right before she released this. For all the singles or those who know someone who is, this little book is a gem. It’s refreshing, authentic, and deep. I ordered one for my teen and read it first because i’m picky about these things. I shared it with our youth pastor and now guess who’s going to be leading a bunch of high school and college girls through it! Yep, me. I’m not sure my teen is thrilled, i mean who wants to study with their mom who hasn’t been single since the dark ages? Pray with me that the Lord would enable me to lead well and enable my dear daughter to connect with Him in spite of me!
Enjoy your weekend friends!