And I was talking to a friend about something that happened at church. She mentioned how she understands herself as having a covenant with the members of our church, that can and in some ways must remain despite differences in theology or philosophy. That really challenged how I understand my relationships with the other people who attend our church. Covenants are deep, serious commitments and I just see myself as having so few. It's hard to even think of any beyond the one I have with my husband. Maybe the word covenant can be used to describe my commitments/participation in other relationships with certain family members or close friends, to love, support, never judge.
But what is a covenant to me. I suppose a promise, not an ordinary promise though, but a promise that withstands all pressure, all personal shortcomings. I guess that's why I can't say I have many covenants and its hard quite honestly to imagine myself having covenants with a large group of people. I suppose that's why some people need and believe in Jesus, in order to facilitate a covenant of love with the whole world. I don't know, I just think its hard for me to say at this point that I have a covenant with anyone other than my most loved, and trusted.