Fri., June 1, 2018
Proverbs 27:9 – The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good, but true friendship is better still.
These ladies. Most have been a part of my life since I begin the ministry as a pastor. Most were involved in one of the two churches that were part of my first appointment.
These ladies. We have personal connections. For the first five years Hubby Rick and I were married, one of these ladies and her husband were our neighbors. One of these ladies is a pastor who has been like a mentor to me. She was an important part of my ordination service. One of these ladies has endured more health challenges than can be counted on two hands. Yet, her faith in God has never wavered. One of these ladies was one of the first people who became of aware of when Rick and I started dating. One of these ladies knew in advance the day Rick was going to propose to me. One of these ladies has a son who Rick mentored while he was in confirmation.
These ladies. This spring, we participated in a book study together. We learned from Max Lucado’s book “Anxious for Nothing.” Reading the book and discussing it was great. We explored ways to reduce anxiety in our lives; depend upon our faith; not sweat the small stuff. While the book was helpful, just being together with these ladies every other Wednesday night for the last couple of months was most important.
These ladies. I appreciate the sharing, the laughter, even the moments of silence when maybe we didn’t have a quick comeback.
These ladies. Have faith, yearn to explore new understandings of faith, were willing to share within the confines of a small group.
These ladies. Have been a great inspiration to me. Provided a place for me to simply be as I make a transition in my life.
These ladies. Remind me of how important it is to have a safe place to explore things in my life.
These ladies. For them, I am grateful.
Lord God – thank you for these sisters in Christ. Thank you for allowing us time to explore our faith, encourage each other and learn together. I pray we remember how important it is to be part of a community of faith where we can feel supported, uplifted and encouraged. Amen.
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