Global Passport

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Being 30,000 feet above the ground is a great place for getting perspective.

My carry on bag is stowed safely above me, my passport is in hand. I have kissed my family goodbye and I am headed for Amsterdam. This week I will rejoice in crooked houses, ancient canals, piquant cheeses, clomping clogs and two-lipped tulips.

The beauties of Amsterdam are not the main attraction, though. This week I will get to drink tea with my beloved friend Megan and her family, and I will get to hug my sister in person (because distance-wise Belgium and Holland are more like neighboring counties than neighboring countries). And I will get to spend the weekend with the women at Thousand Hills Church, where I will be speaking at their women’s conference.

I have not met any of these women yet, and already I love them. I’m excited to meet them, to put names and faces to the souls I already cherish.

In a way, those feelings make no sense at all. They are sentimental and unreasonable. Silly, even. But as I sit at 30,000 feet, it occurs to me that maybe those feelings are quite sane indeed.

You see, I have traveled great distances at great heights before: to new lands where I knew nothing and no-one. And every time, it has been my experience that while the country, customs and culture around me might be different, as soon as I met with a group of believers, I found that I belonged already.

20130929-211037.jpgI may be a stranger in the land, but I am already a sister in the Lord. I may not know anybody’s name, but already there is a “unity in the Spirit”, and a “bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I have a passport and visa which allows me to visit a new country, but as a believer I hold a global passport to community, confirming that we are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)

We already share kinship and a king. I love them already, and it makes perfect sense.

This is day 1 of the 31 Days of Belonging. See you tomorrow!

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12 thoughts on “Global Passport”

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of Belonging | bronwyn's corner

  2. Well put, Bronwyn. None of us are visitors when we walk into a fellowship of believers. Walking into every congregation of Christ is like walking into our home.

    Praying for your time with friends, family and the women of Amsterdam!


  3. Roll on Friday! Looking forward to meeting you here in HILVERSUM! (yes folks there are more cities in Holland than Amsterdam! 🙂 ) But we will make you feel very welcome at Thousand Hills!

  4. Have a wonderful time at Thousand Hills – great church, great people! Love that we find family wherever we travel – I have found that to be true again and again.

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