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
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)