Kind, caring #thisiscrazylove2016

Just a little over a year ago I quit working in a church. There are many reasons for this change in my life but mostly to finally pursue a lifelong dream of telling stories through the artistic medium of motion pictures. After working IN a church I needed a break from going to church.

This was strange to me as I felt I hadn't actually gone to church in several years. I'd instead find that each weekend as the assemblies would begin and through to their end I would be working.

I'd work alongside other pastors and volunteers to make sure doors needing to be unlocked and doors needing to remain locked were as they should be. I'd deal with the many needs of people there to worship. I'd do a lot of everything other than sit in a room in contemplation or worship.

***This is crazy, a person a day for the whole year of 2016 to show love and appreciation to on social media. It may be someone in my everyday life or someone I may not have spoken to for years. You can feel free to jump into this craziness with all of us and start today. It’s never to late this year to start the love and appreciation. Check out the rest of the crazies participating with: ‪#‎thisiscrazylove2016 - Tyler Merritt

About six months ago... I can't remember exactly when it was my friend Lisa invited me to join her and Cynthia for church on a Sunday morning.

 Lisa is an outdoors kind of person. Her job includes introducing the students of USN to the wonders and beauties of nature.  

Lisa is an outdoors kind of person. Her job includes introducing the students of USN to the wonders and beauties of nature.  

I was nervous. Not because I was scared what the Episcopalians would do. More beca sue it had been so long since I'd been to church just to be at church.

In truth I've probably had conversations with Lisa for a combined total of less than five hours. We've gotten deeper than many other conversations in that minimum amount of time but still, not a lot of time.

To this day I'm tender when I walk into a church. I'm not entirely sure why.

It's a feeling and a sense I'm still trying to understand as I do some internal book keeping and reflection.

This morning, as our minister spoke on love I was overwhelmed with Lisa's presence next to me. At one point during a duet from two women from somewhere in Europe I laid my head on her shoulder. For a moment I felt as though I was sitting next to an older sister I never had. She reached over and grabbed my hand and I felt acceptance and love the way all of us seek out so often.

Lisa Preston is a person I daily want to know better because if this is what it's like for a guy who knows her very little I can't imagine the depth and joy that could come from a more personal friendship.

Thank you Lisa. I am blessed to call you my friend.