Thinking back on our time at the festival...it seems so close and yet so far away. You get home, many of us from several different countries, and life seems to shift into a totally different gear.
Many new friendships began in Hungary, but what will they look like from a distance. I had to think of a song sung by Bette Midler...From a distance -
From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.
One thing I will try to remember is that we all had our own part to play in the relationships at the festival, and at the same time we all have our own parts to play where we live. Hopefully the time and the friendships built during the festival will be like hearing the melodies and the harmonies of a common song. If we can listen and hear them, they will inspire us to create intricate harmonies adding color and warmth to the lives around us.
Can you hear what I hear?