I’m Curious

coffee11.jpgSuppose it were possible for readers of this blog to come together for a day.  The intention is for this to be a day of encouragement.  I know it is impossible, but please just imagine such a day with me. 

I know where some of these readers are.  Some of you will come from states such as: Alabama, California, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida,  Missouri, Washington, Tennessee, Louisiana,  Arizona, Ohio, New York, etc.  Others of you will come from countries such as: Canada, Afghanistan, Philippines, Korea, Scotland, England, Ukraine, Australia, etc.

So here we are, all together.  We will be together all morning, break for lunch and then reassemble for the afternoon.  We will conclude at 5:00 p.m.  At that point, everyone will get in their cars and leave or go to the airport to catch a flight.

You enter the room and you meet many of us and we get to meet you.   Perhaps you get a cup of coffee or hot tea.  You look at a few name tags.  You recognize a few names from the comments.  

We are all in a large room with plenty of chairs and round tables.  We are going to spend the first hour or so just introducing ourselves.  "What is your name?  Where are you from?  What do you do?  Tell us about your family." 

For the remainder of the morning, different people will tell their stories.  Hopefully, most of us will connect with at least some of these stories.  I suspect that in some way, we will be talking about how God has worked in our lives to this point.  What would you share with this group?

After lunch, we reassemble.  The topic for much of the afternoon is our faith communities.  "Tell us about your church, your community of faith."  The stories will be varied.  We come from a variety of traditions and places.   Some of us are a part of large churches.  Some are a part of very small churches.  Some of us are a part of house churches.  Others of us have had difficulty connecting with any faith community. 

For the early part of the afternoon, we share stories of what God is doing in these churches.  (Don’t worry about your story being too small or even insignificant.  If God is at work, even a mustard seed takes on a whole new dimension.)  You might think for a moment about what is happening in your own church that is very encouraging to you.

Finally, at the end of the afternoon, we share resources that we have found encouraging.  In particular, we share names and addresses of blogs we frequent that provide encouragement.

Feel free in the comments today to include the names of a few blogs or authors that you find encouraging.  Feel free to include any remarks that you would like for the group to hear on a day such as this.  

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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10 thoughts on “I’m Curious

  1. I hate that this is a cyber-event – I am already packing my bags.  Why not?  Blog church coffee house 2008.  Let’s do it.

  2. What a wonderful idea, Jim!  It’s encouraging just to think about it.  Thanks for the visualization!
    I’ll share a couple of things I have recently placed on the mirror in my bathroom.  This time of year, especially, I have to keep reminders strategically placed to stay focused on the positive!
    "Time flies.  It’s up to you to be the navigator."  (Robert Orben)
    "Though no one can go back in time and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning."  (Author unknown)
    "Be flexible!  Things don’t always go as we planned, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t go well.  Adapt."  (Author unknown)
    "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."  (Paul, the apostle)

  3. hi jim.
    it sure woud be interesting to meet any of the bloggers that i communicate with.  it is easier to be more personal face to face with people.   i am living in oregon with my husband and i am a mother to a 20year old and a 10 year old.  both daughters. i am pretty new to your blog, jim.  i have a few blogs that i read fairly often which are Jesus community, preacherman, seedlings in stone, Daily life in a homeless shelter, the sound of thunder, biscotti brain…and and a few more.  the pop up window became blocked so no web links on some.  it is interesting to think of talking to people here as if we are meeting in person.  it changes the thought process and the story.  i think that comming away with more stories from people would be very nice to hear and share.

  4. You left out Iraq.  I read your blog every morning and several of my friends have started too!  Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. Hugh,Good to hear from you.  Glad to know that this blog is encouraging to you and to some others in Iraq.  Thanks for letting me know this. 

  6. Nancy,Glad to know that you are reading this blog.  I hope that you comment again.A gather such as this would be fun!