I took Coco to Monika and Alex’s farm today and she made friends with the most recent kitten addition.
Coco is doing her last year of university this year but I met her while I was teaching high school – she was one of my students. It’s a long story but suffice it to say that Coco eventually came and lived with Chris and I during her last two years of high school. We spent hours of time together, talking about life and God and friends and dating and family and careers.
We became good friends, despite a thirty four year age difference…
…and we’re still friends. We’re really looking forward to catching up with each other’s life this weekend – so many stories to tell and questions to ask. We’ve spent the evening eating homemade turkey soup and pumpkin tarts, drinking tea, laughing, asking questions and telling stories. Now that I think about it, a lot of our discussion has been about dating, love, sex and marriage.
We both agreed that making a list of all the qualities that Coco would like in a husband isn’t the way to go.
God is so much bigger than a list of perceived “wants” – in a marriage partner and in life.
If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don’t cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to either-or: either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both-and, fully aware that God’s truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. Brennan Manning