There Is Wisdom in Listening to the Lack

Listening to the lack is much more productive than trying to bypass it or pretending it doesn't exist.

On Monday night, a crew of wonderful women landed at my house for chili and chowder--or chowdah if you're from around here. Our last pre-COVID gathering had been in February, and while we've been worshiping weekly in our lawn chairs under God's blue sky, I was beginning to miss our closer sharing of the truth… Continue reading There Is Wisdom in Listening to the Lack

Invited into the Deep Welcome of Friendship

Hospitality requires me to boldly welcome others into the mess that is me.

Across the miles they drove, journeying four hours north on washboard roads until they reached this country hill. “We want to talk about the conference,” they had said on the phone.  “We can fill you in on the details in person.  The more you know about us, the easier it will be for you to… Continue reading Invited into the Deep Welcome of Friendship

Commit Deliberate Acts of Hospitality

Hospitality is a deliberate decision to know the people around you from more than a polite distance.

We were new in church and new to the area, and our little three-bedroom fixer-upper was situated in a part of the universe in which it didn't matter that we had been born and bred in Maine. We had not been born and bred in this part of Maine, and we had the accent (or lack of same) to… Continue reading Commit Deliberate Acts of Hospitality

The Deep Welcome of Friendship

Across the miles they drove, journeying four hours north on washboard roads until they reached this country hill. “We want to talk about the conference,” they had said on the phone.  “We can fill you in on the details in person.  The more you know about us, the easier it will be for you to… Continue reading The Deep Welcome of Friendship