Past Years Friday Five

For today’s Friday Five, share with us where you were and what you were up to 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 years ago! What were your dreams—did you follow them? Who was journeying with you? Feel free to keep it light (I was on vacation at the beach with my bestie!) or reflect more deeply (a call was brewing…). Have any pictures from those moments to share? We’d love to see them!

1 Year ago—I was serving as the Director of Home and Family Ministry at Dilworth Lutheran Church in Dilworth, MN. Little did I know that later that year, I would find myself accepting a new call.

3 Years ago–I was continuing to serve at DLC. Also according to my Timehop, I was spending my time with two cute girls (B and C) while their mom and dad had some kid free time! 🙂 I also was finding myself reflecting on the death of Bin Laden.

5 Years ago—Serving at DLC…getting ready for the end of another school year.

10 Years ago—I was Wartburg Seminary getting my Masters degree in Youth, Culture, and Mission. Some of my favorite memories are of WTS.

20 Years ago—I was a freshmen in high school. Little did I know that my parents would get divorced a year later. I was busy enjoying time as the VB manager, spending time in LYO, and so much more. I was dreaming of becoming an author…which I still dream of. My best friend was Mandy! (May she rest in peace!)

Knotted, Broken, and Twisted Threads

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.” This quote was making its rounds on FB this past week and I have been thinking a lot about how true this is. I also would add that sometimes that thread, not only, gets stretched or tangled but it also gets knotted too.

I have been incredibly blessed throughout my life to meet wonderful amazing friends. I have met those friends in my home town. I have met those friends during seminary. I have met those friends in college. I have met those friends in various places but the time, place, and circumstance really aren’t important. What is important is that these people have blessed my life in ways I never imagined. And yes, there have been times when our relationships have been tangled, broken, and even knotted.

I am reminded of a time in seminary when I opened up to a dear friend about a crush I had on him. I know that our friendship was knotted and tangled after that but over time that thread has straightened out. I’ll admit that there were times I wish I hadn’t said a word. And of actions as of a late, I am feeling the same way. Another thread that is knotted, tangled and stretched.

But not only has that thread been stretched with my friends, it also has been stretched with all of the relationships in my life. Like when my parents divorced, that thread was stretched. When I went to seminary, that thread was knotted and tangled. That invisible thread bends, twists, and knots its way through all of our relationships and then quietly and slowly straightens itself back out again.

I think of all of my friends who love to crochet or create with needle and thread. I think of the way the needle and thread create beautiful works of arts. Sometimes they have had to begin again and start over. Other times they have had to try and fix there mistakes. In many ways, this invisible thread that connects all of our relationships creates something beautiful even after we have made mistakes. I am thankful for that invisible thread that has helped me to grow, that has helped me to find clarity in my life, but most especially that has connected to me to some pretty incredible people in my life. May we continue to be blessed by those relationships even when our threads have continually been stretched, twisted, and knotted BUT have never been broken! Thanks be to God!