Community that Heals

It’s Thursday and I think I’ve finally recovered from a wonderful weekend spent with a community of people that we go way back with. Those people who will be our friends for the rest of our lives unless we do something stupid, like quit talking to them or something. Not likely to happen!

My husband went to a smallish Bible college and was part of a few music groups. Those guys meant a lot to him and he has missed them so they got to chatting and we decided it was time for face to face again! So we made it happen – sans kids because they really didn’t want to come anyway and we didn’t really want them there!

We hung out in their old dorms and the staff lounge. Talked and laughed and sang together.

We didn’t need any other ‘entertainment’ though we did play Things in a Box that had us all laughing til we cried! Happy Trails…and all that kind of junk!

There’s something about people you have a long history with that breathes life into your soul.

These are people who have seen some of our uglier (and prettier) moments and still like us, go figure.

There were healing moments when one guy said to my husband, “We just didn’t get you in third year, I wish we had been able to be there for you.”

There were honest conversations about the journey that each of us are on.

Parenting questions and thoughts.

And some sweet moments of soul connection in the back seat as we white-knuckled our way to the city and back in what was left of a winter storm.

It is one of those circles in which you can be comfortable talking to anyone. I kinda love that! Except maybe when the brilliant guys start talking IT…then I kind of zoned right out!

One thing we know for sure is that it won’t be the last time we get together. We are committed to more face time because we all crave it…not the screen faces…the living, breathing, three dimensional people that wrap their arms around you.

That kind of community seems to be lacking in my kids…but then they aren’t adults yet, so they have time. And yet, they have friends already, who have gone the distance with them thus far and I am thankful for that. I didn’t really have that growing up but now I do.

And on this weekend where my neighbours to the South are celebrating Thanksgiving. I give thanks, too.

For the communities that have been formed through this online space and in the real world, too.

Love to my peeps. Pretty sure you know who you are!! 🙂

Let’s continue to journey together.

(I don’t have any pictures but I have some video footage of the guys. The sound quality is terrible but it gives you a little idea, they aren’t too bad for not having sung together for about 20 years!)

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152534283208105&set=vb.714593104&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152535451563105&set=vb.714593104&type=3

About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.

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