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Fragile Things
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A little five-year-old girl named Megan was being led through an art gallery by the artist whose paintings were being showcased. At the end of the day, after seeing so many beautiful, exquisite paintings and being told by her mom not to touch, when the artist asked Megan, “What do you like best of all the things you see here?” Megan leaned forward and whispered, “I want to touch the fragile things.”

That’s the longing in all of our hearts, isn’t it? We want to go beyond the superficial and mundane and touch the fragile things, the things of real value, things of the heart and soul. So much in our culture lends itself to superficiality. We’re, like one author described, “hyperliving,” skimming along the surface of life, no real depth or meaning. Consequently, our relationships suffer greatly from that syndrome.

Mutual Intimacy

So for relationships to be great, there needs to be mutual intimacy - where we allow others to touch the fragile things of our soul, and where we can touch theirs, too - where we actually let people into our lives and into our hearts by sharing who we are and what we feel, by being transparent and vulnerable.

Virginia Woolf, the English novelist and essayist, once said, “I have lost friends, some by death … others through sheer inability to cross the street.”

Not a real effective way to experience intimacy – death or lack of presence, lack of sharing, lack of mutuality.

The truth is, we all have a need to touch the fragile things, to go beyond the surface into the depth of each other's hearts and souls, to cross the street and really connect.  How willing are you to let that happen?

"A man who has friends must himself be friendly" (Proverbs 18:24).

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