By Cristin Cooper
It had been a moment of mutual pastoral care between my neighbor and I. I had received a text earlier that morning asking if I could take her to the hospital for a sonogram check-up.
As we drove to and fro, we asked the other about their weekend plans, grocery list items, and favorite Chick-fil-A meal combos.
Perhaps it is because I have a theater background and therefore I am trained to discern character development in-between dialogue. With this, I knew we weren’t just talking about weekend plans, grocery list items, and Chick-fil-A meal combos, but also, and perhaps more importantly, our Saturday morning family traditions, health related diet needs, and childhood memories connected to drinking our first Chick-fil-A milkshakes. The conversation felt ordinary and human and utterly connecting.
About six months ago I was presented with a way of praying that includes the questions: Where Am I? Who Am I? What time is it? The last question seeks to highlight what God is doing right now. I recall someone once telling me that God is always redeeming and reconciling the world to God. The question was then posed: Can we perceive it?
Together, while driving and sharing in a visit to the doctor, my neighbor and I answered the questions of where we were, who we were, and what time it was. We were here, in the car and in the waiting room chairs. We were next-door neighbors, each a child of God and bearers of God’s image. And we were not alone, together we sat and talked and communed with the presence and image of God in each of us.
What Good News this moment was and is.