Love can take everything the world tells me about truth and spin it on its head. And on a day when the world is still rocking from an act of evil, when the world is reeling from a tragedy that rends—I arrive in the wide open land of the Huskers under the cover of night. I’m late, due to a flight delay and it has me off-kilter…behind again.
But the next morning when the sun comes up I see how love rebuilds this tired world. Over and over and over again. Because when a bunch of women (and a handful of men) dreamers gather under the Nebraska sky and under the umbrella of the greatest Love…I get a glimpse of eternity.
|There is one of our brave men--Marty Duane--squeezed in with Holly and Shelly. Just talking. Lots of sweet moments like these this weekend.|
Isn’t this what stitches this world together? When we love as we are loved? So many God-moments wrapped up in the hours spent and together we glimpsed the beauty of how many hearts become one. And what a joy to hug on old friends and make new friends and touch the skin of ones I have loved from far away. Hearing a voice I’ve only heard in my head, looking into eyes I’ve only seen on the screen, welcoming old friends into my arms…this is the love that lifts up a broken world and breathes new hope into it.
|I. Love. This. Face. Kasey Bess getting ready to do the zip line. Yes, that 's right. I did it too! More on that later.|
|Speaking of zipling...that's my roomie. Isn't she beautiful? Girl is brave. Brave, I tell you.|
|This wall-hanging was behind the speaker's podium. Beautiful.|
|Do you see Jesus back there? Holding Lisa Jo as she speaks?|
|Love this moment between two of my favorite people. Deidra and Dan (the Dude).|
|It was windy. Is there a more beautiful person than Emily Wierenga? Inside and out.|
How the heavens must rejoice when we lift our voices together. How the dark stain of evil stamped on this good earth must fade ever so lightly. This—this is how we survive in a broken world, by lifting each other up—holding hands through the storms of life.
And the Truth that gives freedom shines so bright that shadow cannot overcome.
This is what happens when we dream together. It makes God smile.
*Over at The High Calling today, we are continuing our book club discussion on Ann Kroeker's Not so Fast. It's the perfect book to read after Easter--a book to help us maintain the slowing down and focus on God. Charity Singleton-Craig writes today. Will you join us?
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:
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