Just a quick New Year’s greeting from the Table!
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It’s been a long summer for me, but my wife and kids are home after 90 days in beautiful South Korea. I had a busy week before they were back, but it was like a calm before the storm. I cleaned our apartment. I waited. I held my breath.
And then, they were back, and it was chaos again. Our apartment stayed clean for all of an hour before the kids were tearing into their toys that they missed and rediscovering the best hiding places. We even managed a brief biking excursion outside in the Texas heat. Everyone was glad to be home, so glad, that no one really wanted to sleep.
Just as community can be an aid to our sense of loneliness and disconnection in the world, it can also be chaotic. Relationships are not tame things. Relationships have that edge of unpredictability. Going from a sense of being alone to being knee deep in new energy and excitement is a quick baptism to make. But maybe it’s worth it – maybe the chaos is just part of the joy of being back in the presence of those you love.
I am reminded of an Albert Schweitzer quote here:
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Has anyone rekindled your inner spirit this week? Your family? Your friends? Thanks be to You, God, for the gift of those we love and for the fire they rekindle in each of us.