We sometimes work really hard to create joyous moments. We buy fancy toys, watch the latest entertainment, and take expensive trips. Sure, these are fun – but aren’t these moments far greater when we spend them with the people with love? I was in Boston once for a work conference. I saw these impressive historical sites, ate delicious seafood, and took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail. It was a really enjoyable visit! But the pleasure was muted because I was alone.
I spent this past week at a big, beautiful home near a lake with my extended family. It was a perfectly relaxing vacation with the people I love the most. We planned days at the beach, rented a pontoon boat, and toured local attractions. We created these marvelous ways to have fun together! But one of the best moments from the week had no extra planning or expense. On our last night there, we sat on the deck together and played that game where you take turns making up parts of a story. I did not participate, but instead sat back and just listened. I listened to deep laughter, silly giggles, and an overall sense of contentment. It is in these very simple and perfect moments when you realize that our relationships with others is the most precious gift we have been blessed with in this life.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:14-15
As I was pondering this, I stumbled across a quote. At the end of the first episode of the Netflix reboot of ‘Queer Eye,’ one of the characters says: “A common thread that holds every human together is that we all just want to be loved.” Such truth in this simple statement! We work really hard to identify our differences and then create divisions. But at the core, we all seek to both love and to be loved. We are not so different after all! When we are in relationship with God, the love we experience through our relationship with others is enhanced.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 1 John 4:16b
It is as simple as that.
**And with this short but sweet writing, I am taking a break. When the act of writing becomes difficult, and the self-imposed Sunday deadline looms like a pesky chore to be completed, I can tell my writing needs a pause. So, I’ll give myself 8 weeks – and I’ll be back September 2. Peace!