I really did want to go to the Wild Goose Festival. I wanted to meet virtual friends face-to-face for the first time. I would have loved to have met Mike Morrell, Steve Knight, and others for the first time. Hearing Jennifer Knapp would have been sweet, too. I would have enjoyed meeting many new people for the first time. It would have been great to have connected with my virtual friends who made the journey to Wild Goose.
But there was U2, and a symbolic Christmas gift from my son.
I had two tickets for a U2 concert in East Lansing Michigan on Sunday, June 25. These were not just two tickets. They had rich symbolic meaning for me: they were given to me by my son as a Christmas gift to attend U2 with my friend, Jennifer. Jennifer and I have done a lot of things together, have traveled on all-day trips together, but this was the first four day trip.
Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. I felt I was given a great gift of deep freedom ("where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty"). To attend U2 in East Lansing with Jennifer was an act of deep social freedom and beauty.