When was the last time you saw each other?

Today’s SHARE experience: A Skype call with my friend Shannon who lives in Tallinn, Estonia.

I last saw Shannon eighteen months ago (give or take) at her going-away party here in Springfield. Since then, we have just tracked each other through email updates, blogs, Facebook, etc.

But today, from the second my phone connected to her computer, it was like no time had passed. A friend of hers was sitting nearby and asked, “When was the last time you saw each other? It’s like you saw each other last week.”

I love those kinds of moments. I love those kinds of friends.

I have plenty of those kinds of friends. And this year I will have more of those moments.

Shared passion, shared joy and shared experiences know no physical distance. Location and time are relative when hearts plug into the same grand story. Kindred spirits, Shannon and I will carry on with our individual assignments knowing that our very similar jobs in very different contexts work toward the same end: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

I am immensely proud of my friend and her journey to Estonia. I miss seeing her here in Springfield, but I don’t want to see her anywhere else in the world right now. Except maybe in Budapest this summer, when we’ll be roommates for a week.


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