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A couple times a week, schedule permitting, I like to kick back with the Professor (my husband) before bed and watch an episode of Lark Rise to Candleford. Have you discovered this fantastic BBC series yet? I can't say I love every single little nitty-gritty thing about it (the chin-bobbing of the two lead females starts to grate at times, for instance), and I don't agree with every aspect of the producers' evident theology, but my goodness, Lark Rise has lots to say about the human experience. About husbands and wives ... faith and doubt ... youth and age ... tradition and change ... love and fear ... basically, the whole range of this beautiful, crazy thing we call life. It's awfully nice, in the complicated age we inhabit, where the pace sometimes leaves us breathless by the end of the day, to retreat to a time and place where life moved at a slower, simpler cadence.
And I think that if you forced me at gunpoint to pick one central theme of the whole series, it would be this:
Human beings need one another. To do anything more than barely survive, we need connection ... and we need community.
And, if we're Christians, we need the other members of the Body of Christ.
So, with a nod to the BBC, our mission this weekend is this: Connect. Not online, but in real life. Call up a friend and arrange to go out to coffee, or take a walk, or go shopping, or whatever fits your schedule, budget, and taste. I'm not asking you to throw a dinner party, although inviting a friend or another family over for dinner can meet the purpose. Do whatever is fun for you without seeming burdensome. We all know what it's like to let months go by without seeing someone who's dear to us, simply because inertia works against us.
Happy weekend, friends!
(My daughter, my sister, my mother ... staying connected while watching Tangled)