It’s amazing what can happen when we give ourselves time together.

When we set aside our watches, our pagers, and our smartphones; a new space is created for relationships.

When our calendar appointments are suspended, the past is less important, the present is more authentic, and the future is filled with new possibilities.

When we ask one another questions in this context, and leave time for the long silences inbetween our answers; deep, vulnerable responses bubble up from our souls.

We understand each other better, we value the variety and uniqueness of our gifts more.

We discover when we let go of expectations for you to be like me, then we welcome and celebrate our differences and we are no longer threatened by the other.  Meaningful relationships are nurtured.

When we break bread together, laugh together, and make time for casual conversations together, we are changed even when we can’t describe just how.

When we play together, or sit in silence reading together, or soak up sunshine together, a new connection is created.

And at the end of the day, we make a covenant with one another that includes two vows:

  1. We will be authentic with one another; and
  2. We will be vulnerable with one another.

And when we are faithful to our vows, lives will be changed–including our own, wherever we go and whatever we do.

Thank you God.