I remember it pretty well, actually. About four years ago I think it was.
It was some kind of all-of-a-sudden party that the college folks from my Sunday night small group were getting me used to all over again. It started with “Can I come over and study?” and ended with us all sitting in different rooms of the house, laptops open, seeing how many video skype conversations we could have going at one time.
Of course, after three or four the sounds starting echoing and whistling, my internet started gasping, and we had to shut the whole operation down.
I think, often on Sunday nights, about those guys, and all the other people they brought into my world. I think about where they are now, what they are doing, and how they are seeing and joining in signs of the kingdom all over the world these days.
Gentlemen: Ben, Quick, Coop, PeterB, Toddley, Ryan, Noah, Corey, Andrew, Bradley, Scotty Scott, Matt, Dennis, Dan, Devin, Ross…you fill me with pride.
It occurs to me this evening, actually being forced to talk to one of you via Skype because the distance has grown much greater than den to kitchen, that I would love to have you all sitting on the couch laughing, arguing, talking, praying, learning, hoping and skyping with your laptops in your hands.
But alas, the world is waiting for kingdom come, and you are those who bring it.
Gentlemen, you make me proud. Always.