Thursday, October 8, 2015

Soul Refresh

Have you ever sat down with friends that you haven't seen in years, and just pick up where you left off? As if you had seen them just a day or two before?

Wendy & I have been friends with Dave & Sandi since the late 1980s, when we all (except Wendy) worked at a youth detention centre. That type of work creates deep bonds between co-workers; it's emotionally draining and sometimes (thankfully infrequent) physically threatening.
(It also means you are legally barred from publicly sharing roughly 99% of the really cool stories from our experiences.)
Dave & Sandi are also the kind of Christians that are really refreshing to be around. Like the majority of us, they have gone through good times and bad. Life is just like that; the rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).

As we spent the evening with them, over home-made pizza and home-made wine, we immediately picked up our friendship as if we had never been apart. And typical of our friendship, the conversation inevitably including sharing back and forth about what God has been up to, what we've been learning, answers to prayer -- you know, the normal kind of stuff that Christians talk about when they're together.
Yes, I've heard the folk wisdom before: "normal is only a setting on your dryer", and I wouldn't want to give the impression that Christians should only talk about Christian things, in fluent Christianese.

But if it isn't comfortable, effortless, and -- well, normal -- to talk about God with good friends over pizza and wine, when is it?

What I can tell you is that last evening's time with Dave & Sandi was full of stories, lots of laughter, and very natural, un-forced, spiritually refreshing conversation. I think the old-skewl term might be fellowship. Wendy & I left their house energized, encouraged, and with our souls refreshed.

That's the kind of Christian friend I want to be.

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