This has been a week of conversation for me. My friend Laurie started a conversation about the challenges of finding the right words, the right images, the right metaphors for understanding each other. It was in part a commentary on a conversation that started here about what worship would mean if we tried to think about it in words that don’t sound like church. There were, for me, three other conversations about these two, with Laurie, with Rob, and with Nancy, my wife with whom I’m getting 30 minutes of conversation (and exercise) every day.
Taking these mental conversations to a new level, Rick, on the partial other side of the world, thrilled my heart by suggesting talking about a relationship with God that’s a conversational relationship. I think that because the rest of my talking this week, that image immediately entered my daily language because it captures the personness of God, the interactiveness of God, the patience of God, and several other characteristics of God.
Conversation which is deep implies a number of things about relationship or community which are significant. It implies attentiveness, that the parties involved are alert to and focused on the other parties. It implies casualness about time and seriousness about people. It implies building upon and playing with ideas. It implies that each regards the other(s) as significant.
I know that we can have shallow conversations, the kinds that we often reserve for parties. But I have found that even at parties, as I choose to live with the above observations, I can have conversations that matter.
[Side note: last night I used that word ‘matter’ as both significance and substance (become matter). Thus, conversations can have significance and that can become tangible, have substance.]
May our interactions with each other at times rise to the level of conversation, and may our relationship with God deepen into a conversational one.
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