I'm so aware of the irony of a midnight blog post, after proclaiming I don't do nights.
Night people, I kinda get it; the quiet comfort of home while everyone is sleeping, the only sounds being the fridge creaking and some crickets by the front door.
There's a freedom here, in the quiet. A sacredness.
Maybe it's the sacredness of a gift given, an offering. A sacrifice.
When I'm at my end, tired and I fulfil a promise to myself.
To write, every day.
Some days the most difficult thing we have to do is just show up.
Whispered reminders of promises we made to ourselves. Even small ones.
This afternoon I was hand delivered a beautiful bunch of flowers at my front gate.
A congratulations, you did it. My last exam for the semester was this morning.
I had four separate text messages from friends.
And flowers at the end of the day.
Community and connectedness - I honestly couldn't do life without it.
And though I felt a bit dramatic for sharing my pre-exam nerves and excitement at almost being done, I heard that still small voice say let them rejoice with those who rejoice.
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up.
Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.*
Lets find reason to celebrate. It might not be yours, but I promise you when you 'laugh with your happy friends when they're happy' there will be plenty around to laugh with you when its your turn.
* Romans 12 MSG