Wednesday, April 3, 2013


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.

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