Last night, our Bible Class came together for a wonderful evening of fellowship over cups of Christmas tea and goodies (of course!)
From my vantage point, I could see every friend’s face gathered around the table. Some of them I’ve known for years, others whom I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting since the class began. On the other end of the table was my best friend and master tea connoisseur, Teresa. 🙂
We were all challenged by an Advent reading concerning Elizabeth and Mary (Luke 1:41,42). It spoke of the commonalities the two women shared — both most likely having been misunderstood and the brunt of community gossip.
I share that to say this. I was surrounded by Elizabeth’s last night — women who not only share in commonalities, but more importantly, share through it. Since this class began, I have seen these women love, encourage and support one another through a variety of circumstances in a variety of ways. They’ve not only spoken words of affirmation – they have acted on it. And when words of affirmation combine with action, it’s as if we are being given the privilege of helping breath life into another. A life that can thrive and serve God with a fresh sense of power.
Last night, I announced the new book we’ll be studying in January: Colossians! For the winter months, one of the ladies has graciously opened her home to us, which will allow us to serve hot drinks and feel the warmth of a fire as we study. The Library is a great place, but it’s a bit “sterile”, especially for the colder months. We’ll also be meeting on Tuesdays instead of Mondays for this next study. If you’re interested in joining us, just let me know! We have several new people coming on board — can’t wait!!!
In the meantime, here are a few pictures to enjoy.