I have 7 new sisters. No, long-lost septuplet siblings did not suddenly show up at my door one day. These wonderful ladies came into my life through a small group that I agreed to co-lead at our church, which I have mentioned here before.
Our first First Place 4 Health session ended last night with a celebratory (and healthy!) dinner to which we all contributed. As I sat around the table, in our sanctuary decorated for Christmas, with the worship team rehearsing for Sunday up on the stage, I was struck by how much I have come to appreciate the unique gifts of each of these wonderful women: Louise, with her dry humor but oh-so-loving heart; Cindy, so willing to accept a new challenge; Carol, so gentle and sweet; Shirley, who was not afraid to be transparent and real with us; Susan, a lady who encourages others while struggling herself; and Lolita, who spiritual insights have amazed us all. And of course, my co-leader, Marcia – always putting herself out there, and willing to take on something she believes in.
Ladies, I love you all, and wish each of the Merriest of Christmases this year, and can’t wait until we gather again for a new session in January. And may each of you who read this find yourself wonderful sisters, or brothers, in Christ as I have this year! As Tiny Tim said, “God bless us everyone!”