I started blogging last August because I wanted to wonder aloud about this ministry thing. It seemed like a simple way to keep in touch with people from the Twin Cities and my home congregation. Then I blogged because it was fun and because the gracelits in my life are too wonderful to keep all to myself.
Last September I attended a conference in Chicago and learned the most important lesson of my life. I started chatting with my cab driver - a middle aged man from Haiti who played professional soccer and traveled the world looking for his childhood sweetheart. We had nothing in common apart from our faith in Christ, but that was enough to make me hug him an hour later at the airport. In a sea of people, we'd found each other and connected.
"Meta, do you know why we have shared?" Hmm. Because I'm chatty? Because you were bored and trapped? He disagreed. He asked if I had heard of the cachet de la vie. I told him I hadn't, but that it sounded fabulous and French.
"It is the box of life. Look around at all these people. Some are hurrying and worried and angry and lonely." I turned to see people lost in the shuffle of calling cabs and checking luggage curbside, clutching their passports or talking on cell phones. "Most people in this world are running around trying to figure out what is in the box, trying to take what is in the box, arguing about the box, peeking in the box or trying to steal what is in the box for themselves. People like you and me have little in common, but we share what is important. We both believe that whatever the box contains is good. And that, my friend, leaves us time to see and grace each other."
Martin has set the tone for my internship and given me new eyes to see the gracelits at work in my life. He has reminded me to trust and given me time to see more clearly. It is from this place I have blogged and it is from this place I pray I will learn to live more fully.
May you trust that cachet de la vie contains something very good. And may this faith give you time to see and grace each other.
Thanks for wandering with me this year! I'm off to meander through the west in my packed purple car and slowly back to St. Paul. This fall you can find my wonderings at the Life at Luther link to your right.
See you back in Minnesota!