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Topic: Home Group (11/29/07)
TITLE: The Best Night of the Week
By Shelley Ledfors
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But, I digress. (I tend to do that.) Anyway, Tuesday is extra special. It’s home group night! I am so blessed to be able to host a wonderful group of ladies each week for fellowship, prayer, Bible study and support. Oh…and mustn’t forget the snacks. The refreshing of the soul is the group’s main purpose, of course, but that doesn‘t preclude a few refreshments of the culinary type, does it?
“Welcome To Superannuated Saints--Come On In!” declares a little handmade sign attached to the door each Tuesday evening. Okay…the name may be a little silly, but I have no doubt whatsoever that the Good Lord enjoys a bit of jocularity.
Sally Johnson arrives first.
“Whew! It’s raining cats and dogs out there tonight!” she comments, flashing a big smile in my direction as she hangs her soppy coat and hat on the coat rack just inside the door.
Edith Williams, Margaret Adams and Lily Barnes come in together a few moments later. I greet each of them warmly.
“I’ll take those to the kitchen and put them with mine, if you like.” The new arrivals thank Sally and pass their contributions to the snack table to her. A heavenly aroma envelopes me. Hmmm…could that be Margaret’s famous apple cake? Curious, I follow Sally a step or two toward the kitchen.
“Oh, you’ll find out what we’ve brought soon enough!” she laughs.
Amused, I turn away. She’s right, of course.
The subject of tonight’s study is Generosity and its many applications. Ah! One of my favorites. But then--as you may have surmised by now--I have a great many favorites!
Applicable scripture passages are read. Discussion ensues as we each seek to apply the principles to our particular circumstances. Finally joys and concerns are shared followed by intercession for ourselves, our families and friends, church, community, nation and so much more.
Throughout prayer time I silently reflect once again on the group gathered in my living room as I look at each one in turn. In the months these ladies have been coming here we’ve learned, shared, cried, laughed. My, how we’ve laughed! Did I tell you that laughter is one of my favorite things? Oh yes…and we have eaten, too. Which--if you haven’t guessed by now--just happens to be another of my favorite things!
Through it all we have come to know one other so well. I sometimes think these ladies know me almost as well as I know myself. I often suspect that only my Creator knows me better than they!
There are many ways to worship. But for me, having all of this right here in my own home blesses me in a very special way. It’s just a really good fit for my particular needs.
Well…prayer concluded, there’s nothing left but to mosey on over to the kitchen to check out the goodies!
“Oh, no you don’t!” Anna caught me. “Barney, get on over to your basket!”
I adopt what I hope to be a sufficiently remorseful pose and head toward said basket. Of course, I don’t plan to stay there long. Once the ladies have dished up those tasty morsels I can sneak back with a sad expression and just the right amount of hopeful tail wag, and they will share. It always works. I’m pretty sure they expect it. After all in these home groups we come to know one another so well.
I love Tuesday. It’s the best night of the week!
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