I want to thank you for the gift you’ve given to me.
Yes, I mean you.
Now, some of you may be wondering what exactly it is that you’ve given.
Well, you come to this website, you subscribe and follow, you read my posts, you share your thoughts in the comments or by email. And I’m thankful you take the time to stop and listen and walk with me for awhile.
Because we’re on a journey that God designed to be taken together, your companionship makes a difference to me. It’s a special gift to find kindred spirits along the way. When I sit down to reflect and write, I think of you, faithful readers. You are jewels in God’s crown, treasures in His kingdom. As James K.A. Smith put it:
…perhaps nothing is so important for our walk with the Lord as good friends.
I think God gives us good friends as sacraments—
means of grace given to us as indications of God’s presence
and conduits for our sanctification.
While “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24),
that same Friend sends us friends to help make His presence tangible and concrete.
Nothing continues the incarnation like Christian friendship.”
And Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote as the Nazi darkness was forming in Germany, said:
“The measure with which God gives the gift of visible community is varied.
Christians who live dispersed from one another are comforted by a brief visit of another Christian,
a prayer together, and another Christian’s blessing.
Indeed, they are strengthened by letters written by the hand of other Christians.”
That’s my hope for these posts–electronic letters really–that they will encourage us all on the journey together, even if we are spread out all around the world from Oregon to Massachusetts to Switzerland to Morocco to India to Thailand and everywhere in between.
Thanks for walking with me. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with you this coming year.
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“We must all be saved together!
Reach God together!
Appear before Him together!
We must return to our Father’s house together…
what would He think if we arrived without the others, without the others returning, too?”