Near the fire, with friends — #1word5voices #40days

day 12 - nearReading a children’s story to kids is an art.  In college for one of my scholarship requirements, I had this kick-butt job at a preschool.  I got to play with kids, act silly, and draw pictures with them.  One semester, I had the lunch and nap shift.  After lunch, we would read stories to the kids.  As I read the stories, I would end up yawning before the kids would–and they would ask ME why I was getting sleepy before they were!  Now that I’m a dad, I’m better at stifling those yawns–but not by much.

One of our favorite stories that Rachael and I read to our girls is Bear Snores On.  It’s this story about a cold, wintery night in a bear’s den.  His friends Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Raven, and Wren all find themselves looking for warm shelter at Bear’s cave.  They end up making food and hanging out–while Bear sleeps through it all.  When Bears finally wakes up, he’s sad that they didn’t wake him up while he was sleeping.  They work it out and proceed to party together.

Reading stories to my kids has created a desire to pay attention to the message those books are teaching and help my girls process the lessons.  With Bear Snores On, it’s a cute story but there’s also something deeper.  In a time of need, these furry friends come together to be near the fire.  They all find themselves in hardship (it’s a crazy winter storm they’re all escaping) and being together is how they get through it.

How often do you find yourself in some hardship but feel like you are going through it alone?  God created us to tackle problems together.  We have a created need to be with others.

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Draw near to others, regardless of if you are in the middle of a trial.  Once the turbulence in life hits, you will be thankful to have those relationships in place.

You never know when you’ll need to huddle up near a fire!


The other #1word5voices crew reflecting during Lent are: Heather Kostelnick, Shawn Franssens, Stephanie Mutert, and Lindsay Evans.

Lent 2015 -- large graphic


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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1 Response to Near the fire, with friends — #1word5voices #40days

  1. Love this, friend. So glad you and your wife are part of our group of those we can count on to sit by the fire. Love you!

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