WEEKLY HABIT 1

ONE HOUR OF CONVERSATION WITH A FRIEND

The Habit at a Glance:

We were made for each other, and we can’t become lovers of God and neighbor without intimate relationships where vulnerability is sustained across time. In habitual, face-to-face conversation with each other, we find a gospel practice; we are laid bare to each other and loved anyway.

VULNERABILITY AND TIME TURN PEOPLE WHO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP INTO PEOPLE WHO HAVE A FRIENDSHIP. THAT'S WHAT FRIENDSHIP IS: VULNERABILITY ACROSS TIME.

An Excerpt From The Common Rule: 

The question “Is there anything you aren’t telling me?” gets at the heart of friendship, because friendship is being known by someone else and loved anyway. Friendships in which we’re vulnerable make or break our lives. With them we thrive, and without them an essential part of us—if not all of us—dies.

 

One of the defining marks of the Christian faith is that God is three persons in one triune God. Among the thousands of radical implications of the Trinity, my favorite is that God is a fellowship. That means we are made in the image of fellowship.

 

This tells a very different story of who we are than what we hear and see. This means we didn’t come from chaos, as if we are simply accidental life going from random darkness to darkness. We did not come forth from loneliness, as if some needy god needed lesser beings to sing its praises. We came from friendship.

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