So, Lisa Jo's 5 minute Friday is BELONG. I love it!! What a powerful word!! So many emotions! So beautiful! I am sure I have so many profound things to say!!
Or, the only thing that popped into my head is this. . .
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
Yeah. The theme song from Cheers. But isn't that what we all want? Doesn't everybody just need one place to go. . .a living room, a dorm room, a church, a bar, a person's arms. . .where they feel that deep down inside, people are all the same? Because that's what belonging is, after all. It's you with me and me with you and we have more in common on the inside than is different about us on the outside. I need you and you need me and together "WE" are more than one of us alone. I am me because you are you. So, let's be together. And lift each other up. Laugh and cry together. Heck, I'll even yell your name when you walk in the door!! Wow, the more I think about it. . .the Body of Christ sure is a lot like Cheers!! Let's be Cheers to one another folks. Make yourself a Cheers for the world!!! Greet people with love, be their safe place, offer them a manhattan (or just a listening ear I am sure would do) when they feel like a crappy mom, like Sam does for Lilith in the awesome clip below. I am pretty sure Christ told us. . .people ARE all the same. And that recognition is how real belonging begins.