The Gathering

Ted Dekker at the Gathering 2008Yes, I am a member of the Circle… or for those who are not in the know, I am a Ted Dekker fan. And today my DH (that’s Darling Husband – and he is a darling) and I got to go to a conference with about 300 other Dekker fans, otherwise known as The Gathering. And we got to go without children! That’s a big deal when you have kids!

While standing in line at the bookstore, I found myself in the middle of young people (when did I become old enough to use that phrase?) who wanted to seem so intellectual as they discussed the finer points of Dekker, CS Lewis and J. R. R. Tolken. Honestly none of them seemed old enough to know what finer points are. Too much living in books and analyzing them and not enough living in the moment. Too much tearing apart and not enough enjoying the whole.

Isn’t that the way we are with God? Too much focus on our little part here or there, and not enough seeing the big picture? What are we missing when we forget to ask Him to show us what He wants us to see? How much of the message are we missing by focusing on the details of the metaphor?

The highlight of the day was seeing those sweet faces welcoming us home… and lots of sweet baby kisses! What a great reminder that ultimately our relationships are the big picture, not the people we place on pedestals. They are simply a detail to guide us along in our viewing of that big picture.

Come on, Dekker heads – Dive Deep! And if you are not a Dekker head… you too need to Dive Deep!

Oh, as an added bonus, my DH created posters to display at the Gathering:


5 thoughts on “The Gathering

  1. Never heard of this guy. But I just looked him up and now I think I’ll look for some of his books at the library.

    I am always delighted to find new authors.

  2. Wow! You are so lucky! I really would love to go! Lol, at least I’m not to the stage where I try to dissect stories, hope I never get to that point 😛

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