It’s a quiet Sunday morning. Sunny and sixty degrees. I’m sitting outside. The chapel bell just told me that it’s 9:00 a.m. Pairs of students walk by me, some going toward breakfast. Some dressed as though they are walking toward church.
We’ll be headed to church soon, too. This morning we are visiting the chapel at the University of Michigan. (Perhaps we should dress in mourning clothes after last night’s game. Yikes.) A few years ago some folks from this congregation visited us at our coffee house ministry in St. Louis. They wanted to follow the model of Crave and open their own coffee house. And, they did it. Today we will worship with them in their coffee house. That’s pretty cool.
Connections. You wouldn’t believe all the connections.
Yesterday we were at Concordia’s first home football game and my husband introduced me to a parent of a student. He said I had graduated from high school with his sister. Indeed, I had! In fact, this gentleman and I had actually attended the same congregation in a small town in Michigan in the early 1970s! We exchanged familiar names, smiled, and shook our heads in wonder at the connections.
Also at the game, I sat next to a man who went to Concordia with me in the 1980s. He was a basketball player, I was a bookworm, but we were in the same English class together. In fact, the professor who taught that class was also at the game!!! I am not making this up!
It’s amazing until you remember that we are all sitting in the palm of His hand. Wander around that palm long enough, talk to enough people, and you are bound to find some connections.
I made a new connection yesterday. I met a woman I had been hearing about for quite some time. She took my phone number and said she would call to arrange a ‘play date’ in Ann Arbor. How awesome does that sound?
I have been very busy for a very long time. I haven’t had the time or the energy to notice all the connections in my life. They’ve been there, I just haven’t sat back and appreciated them. I appreciate them now.
I am very thankful for this next chapter, for this moment to be still.
I Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.