I'm a great believer that things seem like a coincidence because really we're blessed with an amazing capability to make connections with other people, ideas, thoughts, feelings etc.
One of my favourite poems (and songs) of all time is Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. It's a love song talking about different sorts of love and spanning biblical references (King David and his temptations) as well as Cohen's human experiences (in and out of the bedroom). I was really moved to hear a choir singing this in the shopping centre on Sunday afternoon - well done Wakefield Community Gospel Choir. That's one connection, but there's more...
As those of you who have read my blogs before will also know, one of my heroes is Brene Brown, and her work on vulnerability - the core of all meaningful human experience. Yesterday I listened to Brene talking to an American journalist Krista Tippett, and making the connection between Cohen's Hallelujah, and vulnerability in relationships we care about.
"Love is not a victory march - it's a cold, and it's a broken Hallelujah"
When we're vulnerable, we are at our strongest.
I'm thankful for the time yesterday, on a long flight to Houston, Texas, to process the connections.