23 May ’21 was it … so it’s time to celebrate my 2-year anniversary of extended life on the planet Earth and with you, all love and grace and permission from Him, the Christ of all true LIFE and living!
Yesterday, in my Monday men’s group, I had the privilege of doing what we call a ‘man-moment’, where one of us gives a short 20-30 minute spiel of some portion of our life-journey. Mine ended up taking the full 90 minutes, as we journeyed through so many levels of the past two years, and so much restorative healing spiritually, physically, relationally, emotionally, and mentally. All the men had at least some touch-point of understanding brokenness and the beauty it can potentially bring, in our common Lord, and each other. I am so privileged to be among them, as they have provided key pivot points for healing, that other “professional” venues have not been able to. Over the past 8 years, our lives have become more intertwined, and whole, as we have learned to be heart-gut honest-transparent, and journey through so many issues together. Along with my weeping, there were a log of other wet eyes in the room of 25-30.
Here is a text/excerpt just received this morning from one of the men there yesterday:TM:
“Thanks again for sharing your story of God’s faithfulness to both you and Nora. The blessing transcends yesterday morning. Speaking of invitation(a word I’ve been using a lot lately) – it seems when one man shares a story of God coming to rescue them, the Holy Spirit goes about the room and plants seed thoughts of wonder in us. God is faithful – got that. God rescued Dan to a new life. Awesome. Wait…what about my circumstances…would He really do that for me? I know He can, but… So the Spirit invites us into the journey of God coming to my rescue – transforming me in my circumstances – which is the “be”(as opposed to ‘do’) you spoke about. The circumstances may or may not change but the man certainly does. Love that.”
Wow … what an example of so many gifts we share around that circle with each other each Monday!!!
Joyful while sometimes weeping in this awesome journey with them and each of you reading this …