“Be invited.
Sit together for a meal.
Share our hearts and be understood…
Do fun things together.
Cry together.
Hug each other…
Be known.”1

We all have yearned for these things, possibly even more keenly during our time of quarantine.

Whether we realize it or not, our hearts’ desire is for connection. We may think we can be an island. But once we get a taste of the good life of community, our eyes are open to the rich treasure of being known.

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“Friends refill us. Friends refresh us. Friends refuel our souls… but only if we let them.“1

Connection reminds us we have a voice, a passion and a purpose… but only if we reach out.

“Having and holding on to hope isn’t foolish… but it is risky.“1

In the midst of the storms of life, of seeking harmony between people, and of our ever-growing walk with Christ, we must open ourselves up. This takes considerable vulnerability and courage.

Vulnerability requires letting our guard down and allowing others to see who we truly are.

Courage is the strength to face the exposure of being known as our true self.

While connection is a two-way street, we must have the courage to take the first step, to reach out, and take the risk. Being truly known is hard yet the reward is immeasurable.

“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable.”

– Stephen Russell

1 “Craving Connection” by (in)courage, 2017



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