Tuesday, October 23, 2007

party on!


i am beginning to feel like my old self again. in large measure because of saturday night. we had a house load (8 people total) and had a wonderful time. joy and laughter were abundant. as well as sharing and love between people who did not know each other well before the beginning of the evening. it was a great thing to witness and be a part of.
erin made home-made buffalo chicken bites and chocolate chip cookie-ice cream sandwiches. we played games. we shared. we laughed. but mostly, we connected and deepened relationships and love. it was good to see how, at one point, the games (which i consider to merely be a vehicle for social interaction) fell into the background and we simply connected with one another for almost an hour without needing that vehicle! a major improvement, in my mind, from the days of the past. good to be a part of. it fills me once again with hope and possiblity. i did not find a time as i hoped where i felt lead to share that doing this was church for me. yet having this knowledge within me it was good to see that people were willing to engage in church of this nature for 6 hours! and at the end, people were energized, rejuvenated, and hungry for more. we'll see where this goes!

9 comments:

Tessa said...

ill second that! Great party Jon!

erin said...

i also had much fun! something about that gathering made me feel very open and exposed, in a good way. a feeling i miss having on a regular basis, and one that fills me with joy! i eagerly anticipate more...

Nate said...

It is good to see that you have gone through the fire and come out the other side better for it.

jON said...

thank you tessa and erin. i'm glad you were both there, willing, and able to participate.

nate, the jury is still out on whether or not i'm better for it. and i'm not even sure if i'm out of the fire yet. but i know i'm sick of being dormant.

Valorosa said...

Pretty fingernails :-)

Glad you are content again.

faintnot said...

I am excited fo you, Jon...and look forward to reading about more good things going on in your in your life...

Nate said...

Hey, the bible study is up.

Nate said...

Three posts in two weeks. Thought there was life here again. Then, kaput. Nothin. I miis all of the thoughts, no matter what they are.

jON said...

thanks. i'm not depressed anymore. rather the opposite. i once again have an abundance of life and i'm busy pouring it out on my family, coworkers, and friends. recreating old connections of vital importance while waiting to see what's next. i see the communities i am a part of and how it would be good to get these people together in a setting where everyoneis comfortable and loves being so that the smaller parts can form a greater whole.

and that takes time and hard work.

usually when i have thoughts about the bible and theology and stuff they are usually what i consider "so far out there" that people either think it is so offensive they can't breathe, or they just have no interest in the concept. so i usually don't bother.

this blog used to be a bustling place where people met and exchanged ideas with one another freely and openly without fear of judgement or harm. after known events last spring and summer, many people who used to meet here scattered and have not returned. there are those faithful (you know who you are) ones who never left. but it's not the same.

although different is not bad.

basically i decided to accept the call and stop being afraid. just decide taht its started and start it. so i have. i've been sent. so i am a minister and the world is my sanctuary.

pray for us!