My brother and I flew to Rhode Island Thursday for our aunt’s wake. We’d hoped to stay with our cousins a while, but had to fly out again Friday morning because of the blizzard. Eric got back to D.C. just before the airport closed. My flight from Providence to Philadelphia was delayed, and I worried I’d miss my connection and be stuck in Philadelphia when that airport closed. All around me, cellphones chimed to alert fellow travelers to cancelled flights.

I made it to Philadelphia in time (barely) and was able to attend the Friday Family Festival. Candice Kelsey, a WLS parent and chair of the English department at Pacifica, give a powerful, inspiring talk about connecting as the body of Christ. She asked me to read a Walt Whitman poem about a spider web as part of her presentation. As I reviewed the poem, my jet-lagged mind imagined the map of the routes of all the cancelled flights that day (4,500 by day’s end) turning into a web of missed connections, an illustration of all the opportunities to connect with each other we miss because of the blizzard of activities in our daily lives.

Candice illuminated how simple it is to reach out and connect to each other in love. But it’s also simple to miss the chances to do so, because we’re too often turned inwards, consumed by our own chaotic minds and hearts. God asks us to gaze outwards, to look at – and look out for – each other. He challenges us to connect with each other, to share His strength and, in so doing, to renew our own. God’s love is magnified every time we reach out to someone in His Name. His Kingdom is fortified every time we bond with fellow believers. His Word is glorified as we work together, as His body, to live as His through thought, word, and deed.

Let’s not let these opportunities to connect slip by us. Let’s strive to be intentional as we reach out in love and brotherhood. In so doing, may our connections weave us together in joy and strength.

“…[S]peaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

Ephesians 4:15-16