Laughter bubbling out of a room full of women is my favorite sound. Especially when, two hours before, they didn’t know each other.
At Love Dinner #10 last night, one woman made a comment about God opening doors for us. But lately, she said, hers feel like a trap door to a slide. Everyone died laughing. Each of those gorgeous women sitting in my living room, sipping coffee, or cross-legged on the floor poaching blackberries from the fruit salad, know that feeling. Articulating it makes us allies.
Everybody brought something hard to the table last night and then we prayed. We’ve learned that fueling up together readies us to get back out in the world and do what Jesus said: Love God and love each other. We’ve also learned that the second command doesn’t work right without the first.
Luckily, once you get to know Jesus, it’s easy to love Him.
When Jesus is in your midst, it’s like listening to the best piece of music you’ve ever heard, while drinking a glass of wine and watching the sunset turn the mountains pink.
All that goodness, all that grandeur is at once overwhelming and still somehow incomplete. That’s why we jump up and run into the house looking for someone to share it with. Then when we stand shoulder to shoulder on the deck, in a moment of unscripted silence, just gazing at it, absorbing it together, that’s when it’s finally perfect.
That’s the magic of Jesus + us, and the purpose of Love Dinner. To be so overcome by the dazzling presence of Jesus, that we run brimming and sparkling, back out into our broken, sad world saying “Come quick. You have to see this.”
2 thoughts on “Why We’re Better Together”
Hi Erin, I stumbled upon your blog from your Mercy Ships Navigator bio (out of curiosity) and read this piece. Awesome. I love how you describe the feeling and the afmosphere while being in God’s presence. I feel my spirit bubbling because I can relate to every word you choose. Makes me want to grab my guitar and write a song about God! 😀
a fellow Mercy Shipper from the Dutch office
Thanks for the comments! So glad to meet you.