I'm just back home from having dropped my friend Paul Young off at the airport for his trip back home to his family. What a wonderful time myself and my family have had the past few days having him hang with us and with some of my friends. On Monday two other friends, Dan and John from Kansas City came and joined us, and the conversations whether around the dinner table sharing a meal or in the living room sharing the things we are all learning about this wonderful Father we all share, the time was so rich. Having Paul meld into my family and immediately feel so much like he belonged here was another one of those experiences that demonstrated the deep connection we all have with each other. I was so blessed sitting back watching him interact with my three daughters and how they were so drawn to him. He so quickly picked up on the uniqueness of each one of them and their characters and built them up with such love and care. I could see all three of them beaming with such confidence and encouragement from the moment he began to interact with them.
Last night another couple (long time friends of ours) opened their home up for us and a group of our friends. 6 hours passed so quickly and yet at the same time was filled with such deep sharing of relationship and conversation about the character of God and our misconceptions about him and our identity and misconceptions about that as well. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by these friends and to be living so aware of the presence of Father, Son and Spirit being a part of this circle. Whether it is just me, or my family, or in the company of friends, they are here. They don't have to be invited and it has come to sound so odd for me when I hear people ask for them to "come and join us". The reality is...they never leave us.
Paul shared something with me that just so expresses what I felt these last few days as I sat among friends and what has over the past couple years continued to grow as a reality in my life and I sense is growing in many other people I know. I can't remember who he said he heard this from but it is so beautiful and full of the life we all have been invited into. Unity and Diversity in the Community of The Trinity. There is no better way of describing what this is all about. And I couldn't have been more full of joy and peace than I was over the past few days resting within the family (community) that is being joined together through Father, Son and Spirit. It really is a beautiful wondrous thing.