The granddaughter had a new game. The goal is to connect different configurations of colored squares to make a complete line. Strategy isn’t always useful when you don’t know the next hand you’ll be dealt. You have to work with what you’re given. And I’m hooked on it. It’s not complicated and gives you opportunity to learn from your impatience or over-thinking. If only real life connection were this simple. Or maybe it is.
We work with many who’ve lived lives extremely different from ours. Some couldn’t name one book of the bible and have a vague idea of who Jesus is. Some never knew their fathers and others were left of the steps of foster care by their mothers. Some learned their addiction from going to the crack house with their mother while others were raised in loving homes but drawn to what looked like a fun life of parties but turned into addiction.
How do we connect? How do we take the familiar words of Jesus and make them relevant in their lives?
How do we make words centuries old alive in our lives? If they aren’t alive in us we’ll never make them seem real for others.
When I connect the squares together they are side by side, touching, connecting. Our connecting with others has to be done the same way, side by side, touching with grace.
Grace covers the shame and comes alongside with compassion. Grace hugs the one who was ignored on the street or in prison. Grace opens the heart to connecting to the love God has for all of us. Grace looks beyond who we think we are to who God says we are: His beloved.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1 NLT
On Fridays I link up with Kate Motaung for Five-Minute Friday free writing prompt.