A PLACE TO KNOW AND BE KNOWN
“What if there was a place so safe that the worst of me could be known and I wouldn’t be loved less, but more, in the telling of it?”
There is such a place, but it is not easy to find.
Getting there takes intentionality, consistency and an uncommon commitment to long term friendship.
My place is called the roundtable. This year it is in Oregon. Each fall for the last fourteen years I have spent the better part of a week with these seven friends around a table eating, drinking, crying and laughing more than I do any other week of the year. Roundtable is a good name for what this is. There is no leader. All of us are knights or kings leading our own kingdoms, coming together for the sake of the larger Kingdom to encourage and support each other.
If you have this kind of place, don’t take it for granted. Nurture it. Guard it. Prioritize it.
If you don’t have it, find it or create it.
At church we can help you find groups and ministries to be involved in, but they don’t automatically turn into the safe place to be yourself and be loved in all the good, bad and ugly of your life. You have to be intentional and consistent and committed to each other to make it work. It’s worth pursuing.
I can’t wait to be back with you Sunday as we continue in our series “God Who Speaks”.