Here and Then

Lead Me Where

The world,

the world that happens outside of this little square of Chicago

that we call

Moody Bible Institute,

is a little different.

Here in this school,

in this community,

I put on an outfit I’ve never worn before,

standing long in front of the bathroom mirror,

mentally weighing I think this is cute

against I’m not sure about this outfit.

But, I’m just going to lunch, so I might as well wear it.

In this community,

there are kind eyes and sincere smiles waiting at the SDR table,

I’m not looking for compliments,

nor expecting them,

but Mary’s barely seen me when she grins,

sky blue eyes sparkling.

She likes the outfit.

Weaving my way through the kitchen,

I’m balancing water and utensils and plate.

Eye contact with a girl I’ve just barely met

and she’s nodding her greeting,

nodding her approval.

She’s kind and thoughtful and she…

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