Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
TITLE: Polly Poppins
By Laury Hubrich
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Polly is an older, motherly friend, my mentor. She patiently answers my questions and phone calls, drives me to doctor’s appointments and mothers me when I need mothering. I cherish the fellowship we share. I can’t imagine my Christian walk without her.
My other Christian friends come in brightly wrapped packages, full of surprises and fun:
Prayerful Patti is the cheerleader of the group, encouraging us all to walk closer with God. Hundreds flock to her because of this gift. A public speaker, she has the opportunity to impact many lives. I count it a privilege to be her friend. Patti is far from perfect but she’s as close as perfect can possibly be. She constantly strives to walk closer and closer to God each day and also encourages us to do the same.
Loyal Laurel, with her dyed red hair, fiercely stands up for God, family, and friends in that order. She may not have much, but what she has she freely shares with all. She comes complete with wheelchair bound husband, son and wife, four grandkids and one on the way, living in the same house – but there is always room for more. Occasional meltdowns do occur but we are there to mop up the mess. Laurel is a wonder!
Crazy Connie, with joy-filled laughter, delivers hugs and kisses all around. She’s had much trouble of her own but this dynamic lady keeps on reaching out to others. Her own struggles make her more of a servant. Connie keeps us on our toes and sometimes even makes pop squirt up our noses as she shares her funny stories and her zest for life.
True Blue Bonnie sets up shopping trips and invites us over to “hang out.” Bonnie, being single, allows us to sightsee for potential Christian males. So far, we’ve failed that mission. She always remembers special days and she makes the most ordinary days special in her own True Blue Bonnie way.
Between the five of us, we could highlight most of a medical book with both known and mystery illnesses, surgeries – past and future, and the occasional aches and pains. Our fellowship could include a list of complaints about our physical bodies but all this is usually left out as we enjoy one another’s company.
Our little group can be found in dress up clothes, complete with hats and gloves, gracing a nearby restaurant, anything but prim and proper, as we eat our way through great conversation, both uplifting and comedic. The birthday girl can easily be found on these nights, wearing a big cake hat complete with candles, as the waiters sing the birthday song.
We get curious stares at times but most join in the fun. Women look longingly at us, wishing they too had a group of friends. We might take each other for granted at times but having a group of friends who hold us accountable is a rare and wondrous thing, truly from God. We worship together; pray; cry; and we also have times we roll on the floor in laughter. God certainly knew what He was doing when He created us to long for relationships with others.
Years from now our plans are to be in the same nursing home terrorizing the staff with our antics. As the storms of life blow around us, we all know we can count on each other to help us stand and to come out stronger, ‘til death or moving van do us part.
As Polly Poppins blows back out of the house, empty enema box in hand, I rest assured, from where she tucked me in bed with a kiss, that I truly have special friends and I thank God for each and every one!
(Names have been changed to protect the innocent or in this case, to preserve the alliterations.)
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