|bible study last night – just missing bethany!|
yesterday i tweeted, “i just got hit with a lot of freedom. #breakingfree #graceforthegoodgirl”
yesterday i also mentioned that i don’t really understand why blogging friendships seem as strong as real life friendships,* even when you sit down to talk for the first time.
i decided over the weekend that it comes down to authenticity.
i try to be as honest as i can on this blog. and those i seek out as friends in the blogging world are those who are equally honest, are equally real, are equally vulnerable.
i think this bypasses about thirty hundred steps required to get a real life friendship to this point. after all, how long does it take one to trust? and when your trust has been betrayed, how much harder is it, how much longer does it take?
it is a beautiful thing we have in friendships borne out of blogging.
last night i sat down with seven other sweet girls for our first bible study session. and it was beautiful, how God just folded up america like an origami crane. michigan and florida and alabama and california and ohio all sat next to each other, and we, their inhabitants, talked about freedom and sin and Jesus. and it was one of the sweetest instances of community i’ve ever experienced.
the message at church on sunday was about church, and one of the ramifications of church being an inherent part of the saving grace God so desperately wishes to bestow upon us is community. and i believe that in forging community, we forge church.
last night, i scooped pasta into a bowl, dumped a load of parmesan cheese on top, and poured a glass of chocolate milk. i sat down at a desk my mom bought from a garage sale, with a detroit red wings bumper sticker on the inside wall of the top drawer, in my bedroom, lit by a single lamp. and right there, surrounded by books and homework, sitting on my feet, on a monday night, i had church.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. | matthew 18:20
*i use this term with some trepidation, as i think my blogging friends are equally as real as those i have with people i know in person.