Posts by Gene Longley

Posts by Gene Longley

Make Room for the Outsider

Going from Unsure to Belonging A few weeks ago, a little girl tentatively walked into the LAB. She held onto her mom, unsure she wanted to let her leave. In an effort to help her feel more comfortable, I introduced her to an older girl named Mady. By the end of the hour, I overheard that same shy little girl ask Mady if they could be friends. The response was an enthusiastic “Sure!” It was that easy. They had spent…

When Life Feels Like a Shipwreck

What do you think of when you hear the word “shipwreck?” You might think of an epic movie, or a campy TV show. When I get past the pop-culture references and really think about a shipwreck, tragedy, loss, and damage come to my mind. So why is our Vacation Bible Spectacular theme “Shipwrecked?” Our reality sometimes resembles a shipwreck. We experience tragedy, loss and damage on a frequent basis. It can be hard to remain hopeful in the midst of…

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Back in the day, I was a catcher for my high school baseball team. During batting practice, one of my jobs was warming up the pitcher. There was no batter, so I often caught without my mask. One day, I learned how bad an idea that was. One of my teammates was being tried out as a pitcher for the first time. He threw a couple of pitches in the strike zone, then bounced one in front of the plate.…