I need you because sometimes I forget.
I forget that relationship trumps all, that all the compliance in the world is meaningless in the absence of love.
I forget that my children are not intentionally manipulative and bent on defiance.
I forget gentleness.
I need you because you help me stay focused in a world that is telling me obedience is the focus, the goal, and the prize.
I need you, gentle mothers and fathers, to keep me strong when temptation calls. It would be so much easier - so easy - to use force and dominance to get my way. MY will be done.
I need you, gentle Christians, to encourage me when I feel alone. Remind me that I'm not the only one who loves God and believes with my whole heart that He would never have me strike my children to gain their obedience.
I need you, like-minded people, to bring peace to my confused thoughts. Yes, yes...that's right. I remember now.
I need you, not-so-like-minded people, for your knowledge and wisdom and grace. Our differences need not divide us when we assume the best in each other, knowing that we're all just muddling through as best we can. I don't have all the answers and I will never be right about everything. Your mocking and criticism hurts; I would value, however, your friendship.
I need you, online friends and mentors, intangible and yet so very present. I need you when those I can see and feel and touch would pull me away from what I know to be right and good and true.
I need you when I am in the valley, yes, but I need you when I am on the mountaintop too. The view may be clearer up there but God knew that we would need others to walk with us on this journey.
I need you. I need your support when I feel weak, your reminders when I forget, and your friendship throughout it all.
I need you.
Perhaps, if you have not yet done so, you would take this opportunity to introduce yourself? Who are you? What brings you here? What needs do you have? If there is anything you'd like to share, I would love to hear it.