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Laying it down

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command.

–Jesus (John 15:12-14)


Home instead of at Community Group potluck. Work is a lot of the reason; even though I almost got everything I needed done out of the way before time to leave, the office tasks remained, including more printer troubleshooting (this particular problem, it turns out after over an hour of trial and error, was caused by a font, of all things). So the group had to go on without me, as will Phil’s party. The cinnamon-raisin bread I made is now in my sole custody. I’m willing to share with taci, since she reads this, but I won’t mention it to the others– doing so is rather akin to telling people what I almost got them for their birthdays.

Truth be told (and it should be), it might not have been a good night for me to be with others. My mood has been worse and worse, as has my ability to connect with others. Was stood up three times this week, by three separate parties, with no contact to explain why. Beyond that, I just don’t get people anymore, though I don’t know what changed. I don’t understand. A cumulative effect, perhaps.

Yet in missing time with others, my thoughts turned to friendships all the more. Walking home in a gentle misty rain, Jesus’ words echoed in my mind. How many people truly know what it means for someone to lay down their life for them? It’s a fundamental of the Christian faith, but most of us haven’t had a parallel experience in our personal lives, haven’t seen what happens when someone makes the decision and lays it down. Most of us haven’t seen the eyes.

I have.

In that walk tonight, I touched something close to the center of mess that is my history. Reality can be slippery– watching A Beautiful Mind for the first time Friday gave me a good frame of reference. And though I’m not schizophrenic, there are things I understand. So regardless, those eyes are part of my story. I need to remember them.

Maybe tonight with its sidetracks and frustrations was about that walk. As the rain fell on the hood of my jacket, I touched something true. I need to find new ways to walk it out– first in being close to the One who gave that command.

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...this particular problem, it turns out after over an hour of trial and error, was caused by a font, of all things

hmm had my brain been working or my inquiry been more rigorous, i might've been able to help with the troubleshooting. problems with fonts and printer drives are common at work. darn

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I have never had a font problem make a printer not print in my years of geekiness. Who knew?

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well, take consolation in this: i won't make you share your cinnamon raisin bread. *wink*
hmmm

*pondering*
Just thought I'd let you know, I just noticed last night that you had added me to your friends list, so I finally added you back. :) I look forward to getting to know you. ~Shadow
I know so little about your life really that I can't comment about the place you currently find yourself in. I can say that sometimes God delibrately separates us from others for a long time because He wants us to pay sole attention to Him for a season. That happened to me. It was a very hard time but had good results. The more to want to be with people, the more you find yourself alone. It's an odd thing. Then one day, sometimes years later you find people appearing in your life with no effort of your own and you re-discover the joy of friendship again and realise it really was just a 'season'. By then, God has made major changes in you and you attract different types of people than you once did and a better quality of relationship too.

Of course, this may all be blather because it may be different for you. I just thought my own experinece might be interesting to you.
How peculiar (or perhaps not taken within the overall context of you being you) - our sermon this Sunday was about Christian love and the lack of it in our community. About how we should greet each other with a holy kiss, and about how we should care for one another beyond the individualistic tendencies of our culture.

The sermon was interrupted when an older gentleman experienced health problems and an ambulance had to be called. Scary. He's ok, though.