8 Things I Learned While Traveling

Firsts can’t be repeated. I went to a conference for a second time. Apparently I carried high expectations with me. I didn’t know that until the week ended and I felt some unexplained disappointment. What was I expecting? Was I subconsciously comparing this year to last year? Whenever you experience something for the first time — an event, a relationship, …

The Bridge Called Community, part two

The next morning you suddenly said to a circle of people at church, “Hey guys, this is my friend, Laura. She has a disability, in case you didn’t know it and you can ask her any questions. She is happy to answer them and likes being the spokesperson for all disabled people.” I was surprised, and sat there laughing, but …

The Bridge Called Community, part one

A group of people can come into your life and change it. This post is for those people. You are dear to me. You’re an answer to a prayer I prayed two years before we met: “Deepen the right friendships, Lord. Lead me to the people who are or will be part of my close community. Amen.“ ******* I’m not …

When We Invite People In

Over the summer, I had a conversation with someone I knew well in college. She was my suite-mate for two years and we shared more than one friend group by being in the same organizations. We met for coffee and reminisced about the college days and what is going on now. It was fascinating to hear her comments of who …

Returning Home in a Fog

After my week in Raleigh, I came home and immediately started thinking about next year’s conference. Would I be able to go again? Could I wait that long to see these new friends again? I had met people from all over the country and world…England, France, Canada, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, etc. ******* The first Sunday post-trip, I was eager …

Finding Community on the Road

A trip can leave a lasting impression on you. Back in June, I had one of those trips. I attended the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability for the first time. I knew: I would lead a workshop on Wednesday afternoon. The list of speakers and topics intrigued me. I hoped to connect with people during the free time. Other …