A couple Saturday's ago I met with a friend for coffee. It's a regular occurrence, usually at the same place and the conversation takes whatever path it needs. I look forward to these coffee times, simply because I leave feeling loved and centered again. Most times there are three or four of us who meet together. We sit outside and watch the crazy drivers and near miss accidents. We talk, we laugh, we commiserate, we share life together and it is good.
Last Friday, I will met with a different friend, at a different coffee shop for an entirely different conversation. Our political and theological viewpoints are on much the same level. I will left that conversation feeling, again, loved and centered but also like I am not alone in my view of what it means to be a Christ follower in this world.
On Monday evenings for a few months at a time, I gather with a group of friends around a television for a couple of hours, as we watch people make fools of themselves. Those two hours are filled with snarky comments, yummy snacks, times of checking in with each other and a lot of laughter. Most Mondays, the majority of the group leaves one by one until there are just a few of us left and we break into serious conversations about life. I leave those conversations feeling, loved, accepted and understood...and centered.
Are you seeing the theme?
With each person, each group, each conversation there is an element of faith, a discussion of belief and at some point a revelation. Sometimes they are major revelations, sometimes they are minor. Saturday's coffee conversation reoriented my outlook on my career at the this moment in time. Monday evenings conversations reminded me of the good of being known by others. Friday's conversation brought much needed laughter and understanding to my weary soul. Each revelation comes through a conversation. A holy conversation. I am grateful for those who speak and those who listen. I am grateful for the conversations. I am grateful for the revelations. I am grateful for the people with whom I meet and the love, acceptance, centered, life confirming, hope that comes through these holy conversations.
I pray, this week, that you may have a holy conversation, where God shows up even if you don't recognize God's presence until much, much later.