Monday, May 7, 2012

Where everybody knows your name

Eighteen months ago, Dave and I made a big move. Have you ever made a big move? You may know what it is like to be in a place where nobody knows your name.

I remember when my sister moved to Iowa. Several months into her transition, she ran into a neighbor at the grocery store. A simple "hi Sue" brought her to tears.

I remember our first move to Seattle, years ago. I actually enjoyed going to the dentist, because everyone was so friendly and knew my name.

I just spent ten delicious days in Seattle celebrating my friends 50th birthday. For ten glorious days I was surrounded by dear friends who know my name and my story. And I know theirs.

It is how I do life best ... in genuine community. There was much time to 





ask questions


with friends who know my name. I loved every moment. 

As I return to my new life in Chicago, I am grateful for each relationship I have begun, for each person who has welcomed me into their life and mostly for serving a Good Shepherd ... who always knows my name. (John 10:3)

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  1. I have just 'found' your blog. I came here from 'Far Beyond Rubies' and I can't wait to read more. I will return often and read more of your blog. I'd love to know about you growing up in Viet Nam. My dad was a pastor and many of our close friends were missionaries in Viet Nam. Maybe we know the same people! Now I know your name!

  2. You are known in Chicago too! :)

  3. Hi Glenda,

    I'm so glad that you got to visit with so many of your friends. It sounds like this little visit was just what your heart needed. Thank GOD for good friends who KNOW us and love us.

    Praying you make many more good friends in the Chicago area.

    Have a blessed week!

  4. I'm glad your visit to Seattle was so enjoyable. There are few substitutes for old friends. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Dear Glenda
    What a beautiful post! My prayers to you will be that you will be filled with many as you were in Seattle. Have a blessed week


  6. We love you here, too, Glenda! So glad you had a good time in Seattle!


  7. Amen to the Good Shepherd, Glenda! I love where I live but people who don't have children don't have a "connectedness". Dave and I built a life here but now it's a single life, a lonely life.

  8. I have never done a big move like you. Your sharing helps build some empathy for that which I haven't experienced. Thanks!

  9. Big Moves are tough - but when God is in the move - it results in blessing though it may not seem like it at the time! It takes about a year for those roots to grow a bit deeper, to feel at home! God sent us on a Big Move, a journey for 2 years that was a time of isolation. It was a journey He called us to and a journey He brought us back "home" from. So glad you got time where everybody knows your name!

  10. We visited our church family up north last week and I know what you mean....
    When we first moved south for this job i was pretty tired the first week so maybe that accounted for the tears I shed standing in front of the butcher counter that was proffering chickens raised in our home town...

  11. Hey Glenda! I stumbled upon your blog and blessed looking around here! And I'm your newest follower!

    Big moves....oh yeah, I've had quite a few over the years. God was in everyone of them but the transition was a little difficult. But He is faithful to walk us through each journey and new chapter, isn't He! PTL!


  12. Hoi Glenda, I moved as child from a beautiful village behind the seawall, to a village in the woods. It was horrible. Nobody knews me. And they stumbled over my name ...

    Your blog is very recognizable to me.

  13. So glad you had a wonderful time in Seattle. Beautiful city.

  14. Yes, I know the feeling - I have had several big moves. Multiple inter-state moves, and one international move - it can be scary, but I love all the different friendships that you make along the way.

    I am glad you're settled in over at Chicago. Have you got some favorite little coffee shops or inspirational places there yet? That's my favorite part about moving to a new place - finding a little place that I can call "my spot" where I go to relax or unwind.

  15. Such a sweet post...seems there's a song including the phrase, "where everyone knows your name" but I can't put my finger on it. A theme for a tv show, I think.

  16. Just like the theme song from Cheers! We made a move and we call that year one of the worst ones ever. I will not go into details but I was already depressed and taking me away from everything I knew and loved was not a good time. I never did meet anyone in town as we were not there that long ~ thank goodness I had friends close by! What a great tune you must have had ~ I love meeting up with old friends and making new memories.

  17. Oh, 10 days in Seattle
    DOES sound delish, G!

    After a lifetime of moving,
    we've been in one place
    for 11 years, so I take the
    fact that I have peeps who
    know me and my story for
    granted. Thanks for the
    reminder to give gratitude
    for that!

    Happy Tuesday,
    xo Suzanne

  18. Hi Glenda, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  19. Beautiful post Glenda and I can so relate, even though we haven't moved we recently have started attending a new church. It's a wonderful church but it's big and after 28 years at the old church it just seems strange to come and go and not have anyone know or recognize you - honestly it was sort of nice for awhile but now I'm ready to form relationships and that just takes time, effort and prayer.

  20. What is it about being known that fills our hearts so?

    I am grateful for the time you spent in Seattle and so grateful that the Chicago community is beginning to grow!

  21. OH! SO SOLID...I knew it was coming at the end...but it still brought tears to my eyes! Oh, to be known by Christ is the greatest thing on earth!!

  22. Oh you know I get this. I do most everything here by myself. I can't wait for the day when I run into people and I feel known. There is nothing better than that feeling.

  23. So happy you could spend some time with friends. When we moved to Muncie, I felt like I lost my Sarah all over again. The people here never saw her shining eyes, her chubby legs, her infectious smile... Going back to visit is like going home.

  24. If your online persona is anything like your real life one, it won't take only before the whole city is shouting your name!

  25. this is so sweet. :)
    it sure is nice to be known by name, and i know it won't be long for you in your new home. old friends are like a soothing balm to your soul, aren't they?
    "a man that hath friends must show himself friendly"...i am SO not good at this and am constantly working on it!
    i may not 'know' you very well, but i know that you are genuine, and sweet, and a great friend.

  26. Yes! I definitely experienced that when I first moved to England. I wanted someone to know my name, so I got really involved at school and in the expat community. Well said!


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