A few more thoughts after those amazing responses to last Thursday's blog about being single. First, this reminds me that we must continue telling people that in baptism the church--others who have signed up for following Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life--is our first family. We have to be careful about all our language about "family values," "family retreats," "family devotionals." For those of us who have responded to the call of the kingdom, our primary family isn't birth (as important as that family still is). Second, I was struck by the suggestion that we try to have an odd number of seats at our small groups. What an image! (And it makes me thankful that we do have an odd number at our covenant group.) Third, I'm reminded of the need to "look to the side" (to reflect my words from Sunday in speaking about Luke 10:25-37)--to see those who are maybe not in our tunnel vision. An invitation to dinner, even if it's running to McDonald's after church, can be so important. Fourth, the good feedback makes me wonder about our tendencies to separate people by "market groups." I think of one of our classes at Highland that has successfully incorporated couples, university students, grad students, and other singles into one group that seems to be bonding well. Fifth, we must keep the mission of Christ always before us. If we're working side-by-side in the work of the reign of God, we will inevitably be drawn closer. All right, admittedly, I'm saying the obvious here. This may be redundant, but would others like to offer specific suggestions of ways in which some of these barriers have been broken down?