I am a travel worn pilgrim this morning, glad for the way Love follows me wherever I go—glad for the way home rushes out to meet me in the hearts of others. This mystery of place—and how God lives in each one of us—this has been very near to me these past few days. We talked a lot about outrageous hospitality at Laity Lodge this weekend but mostly we experienced it. It made me think of this community here—how we lay a table for each other…how we put out the welcome mat. In this world of platforms and self-promotion and searching…today I am found in the knowledge of how precious each one of us is in the eyes of God.
You are precious to me too.
Our speaker was a New Testament scholar and he talked about the cruciform life—how we can become more Christlike. This is what I want—to be in God for the world. I’m still figuring that out. Probably will be until the day I breathe my last.
When the wind blows through the canyon at Laity, it feels like the hand of God. He uses the shushing of dancing limbs and leaves and the rippling of water to touch hidden places. My friend David told me he spent one evening flat on his back on the boat dock—looking up at the sky. I saw three falling stars in a row, he said. Some of us walked together under that night sky and we were part of it—shining. That Texas canyon is a thin place—our special place. But mostly because of the people we find there.
I’m home now and feeling treasured and loved. And finding words a bit empty.
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|Here is where I had my quiet time.|
|Jennifer Lee, Kelly Sauer, and Dan "the Dude" King. I love these people.|
|Here's The High Calling team visiting the under construction Family Camp. And you thought we were just fans of The Village People :).|
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