Ordinary ConversationNew Every Morning | March 8, 2020
Conversation is the most important part of creating shared ministry. Before we can share ministry, we need to share our stories through ordinary conversation. If we really listen, our ordinary conversation can lead to an understanding and awareness of how other people live and of the forces that make some people’s lives harder than others. When we allow ourselves to be moved by stories, we find ourselves in solidarity with people who live in poverty. And this feeling of solidarity makes us want to work with them to change the systems blocking their way forward. Small conversations make a big difference in our relationships.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
When has a small conversation made a big difference in your relationships? Join the conversation.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
—1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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More times that I am able to recall. The crux of meaningful relationship is a person sacrificing time, creating a space for vulnerability and sharing well. Intense eye contact which holds one’s heart as well as one’s eyes provides that space and grace where trust flourishes.
April – I enjoyed your comment regarding the “pansies faces”. Pansies are my absolute favorite flower and I can’t wait for the warmer temps here so I can plant them. One of the rooms of my house has all pansy pictures or pressed pansies in them. I so enjoyed seeing them throughout Florida when I was there a few weeks ago.
This afternoon I will be attending a funeral. My tennis doubles partner of 30 years – her mom passed. It is out of town a ways, but a few of us from the tennis team are going together.
My best friend moved across the country several years ago. We talk just about every other day- just short catch up conversations usually with a longer version once a week- just knowing we are there for each other means so much to me. Sometimes we text first – are you there? It is nice to have a good long-standing friendship with someone who knows just about everything about you. The little conversations mean the most sometimes – just to know there is someone to check in with you. Prayers for Jill, Robert and Julie – our constants here. And prayers for all of those who come here – special thoughts of Connie and Mary. I miss hearing from them. Prayers for Rick, BJ, Andrea, Sara, Betsy, Marcy April, and everyone here at the UR.
Peace, hope, and love in this Lenten season.
Thank you, Lou!
Manyy conversations come to mind, with family members, friends, and acquaintances. I have stated that listening and learning about people is like a calling to me. I tisten to and ask questions of many people I come into contact with each day. I have learned so much.
Prayers for Jill and her fellow tennis teammates, may they have safe travel. Prayers for the woman who lost her mother.
Prayers for Lou and her friend, what a true blessing they are to one another, may they continue to support one another.
Prayers for April, so good to hear her comments and read such beautiful word pictures of her flowers.
Prayers for Rick and his busy schedule, yet he finds time to bless us with his insights and spend time helping others.
Prayers for Robert, may he be successful with his model railroad, may it depict the area of Germany he remembers.
Prayers for Andrea, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Mary, and Marcy.
Megan with her dad today so I am alone with h. Hopefully he keeps to himself.
Prayers and blessings and thank you UR
Thank you, Julie!
I am so glad others enjoy “seeing” my flowers!! They are one of the things I especially look for on walks this time of the year.
I didn’t realize you were in San Diego, Rick. Have you heard of Carlsbad, CA? They have the Flower Fields which will be open from March 1 through May 10, 2020. 9 am – 6 pm daily. It is 50 acres of flowers and I would love to see it someday as the photos online are amazing.
Jill, your description of conversations “The crux of meaningful relationship is a person sacrificing time, creating a space for vulnerability and sharing well” is right on. How many people are willing to sacrifice time? and if they do, do they want to be open for vulnerability? People seem to be in such a hurry and keep conversations on the superficial level….do they go together or are they separate but just seem to relate? On the other hand, with a few people I can have a deep conversation in a short time, I can even do that with a few text friends and then know it is time to call. This might be like Lou and her friend? I once had a friend and could tell from our phone conversation that she needed to get to the hospital by the way she was talking….and she sure did as she was there for several days getting well. I wonder what would have happened if she had not called that night….
I am rereading a book on resilience and I love it. I have thought of it in relationship to some conversations I have had. It renews me to get up and move on, forgive, try to reconcile, and take God’s hand to continue on the journey of life.
Like Julie, I have learned so much from brief conversations with strangers…I often thing of them as earthly angels:)) I think Robert is often an earthly angel to so many that he cares for and prays for no matter where he lives. I do hope things go well with finding a counselor and with Enrich’s future.
Blessings to all.
Jill, you put it so eloquently in words! All such encounters do take a willingness and vulnerability which I’ve found takes time to learn how to be present. Prayers for your friend, you and your teammates as you gather to honor your friend’s mother’s life. Lou, treasured friendships are a blessing. It is so good to read your posts. Julie , listening is key and I’ve also found sometimes it’s all we need to do. Prayers for safety and guidance through this time. April, I indeed see the hurried pace, and I must admit while balancing my school schedule and commitments I’ve been guilty of this. The Carlsbad flower fields with the stunning array of ranunculus are amazing. Makes me wish I could post a picture for you all. It’s also close to the beach. I’m not that far from them. I hope you have the opportunity to see them one day soon. Robert is a treasure and keeping him in my prayers and all those we have not seen post from since the new format. I prayer they are well. Blessing to all that come to the UR, may you find peace and hope.
Problem with my computer persists. Good to read your posts.