February 28, 2006 @ 12:59 pm by sean
The Friday-Saturday-Sunday sequence last encountered was one of the most wonderful of my life, by far the greatest since I’ve been here.
I’m not sure how to even talk about it, every aspect of the weekend, especially Saturday and Sunday that I was with American royalty Angie King, was brilliantly amazing.
Angie met me at the train station in Liverpool and by the surprise hug greeting from behind I knew I was in a place where I was loved. We walked around Liverpool talking, eating, seeing the docks, the Maritime Museum, the Tate at Liverpool, and other interesting things of Liverpool.
We went back to the house she is staying at and she got a chair out the a dumpster on the way. She made me a delicious dinner and I met some of her housemates and we talked a lot. About good things. She showed me pictures. We interacted like friends interact.
Then she took me to the guys house were I got to meet more people, and have the novelty of staying at their house and waking up in the house of new friends in England.
We went to her church and heard a brilliant! message. That’ll probably be another post because the message put into words many thoughts I’ve been having for a while. We fellowshipped in the hall where others fellowshipped, and I met some well kind British Christians my age. It was good to be around Christians my age. Some one told me that I was the least American looking American he’d met! That I could be British!
That would make for a good day on its own, but there was more.
We had soup, tea, and bisquits for lunch, then headed out with Rich. Oh how grand it was. A small car, a good friend, a new British friend, Coldplay, and the English countryside. But even more than that, it was accompanied by memories and facts of what we were observing provided by Rich, and that was a fascinating experience. We stopped at a park to walk a bit, and here more stories and see a wonderful view.
A return to Liverpool was necessary after that, and we stopped for a snack and a cold walk to the train station. The time came to board the train and head back, so dutifully I did.
So why was the weekend so great? There are many possible reasons, but I think the most influential is that people make a place. I found Liverpool more interesting than Leicester, it was my first time out of Leicester, I was comfortable being around Christians my age, I was comfortable being around Americans, I didn’t have much work to worry about, I was with someone familiar, I heard a well good message at church, I got to interact with a female, I hadn’t laughed so much are hard since I arrived, I hadn’t smiled so much or so long since I arrived, etc. But surpassing all of that, Angie King was there. If I had been in Liverpool and Angie in Leicester, I think I would have regarded the weekend the same. It was Angie who made all those things possible. And as you may notice, our adventures wouldn’t have had a major motion picture made out of them, but my experience with Angie – quiet, personal – is exactly the kind of experience that I find most fulfilling.