Now to see if I can post this picture without choking up…
Three of these ladies have left our church (1 as of tomorrow)… that’s 50%! And it’s also the families they represent–the kids I taught on Sundays, on Wednesdays at Club, watched grow up (and yes, get married! =)). The trick is to let them know how much they’re missed without making them feel too bad… Believe me, I’m capable of making them feel quite bad… however, they could probably just put it down to “Oh, it’s just Cathie, she’s always EMO!” True!
I have this cartoon going on in my head, lol, where they say, “It’s hard for us too!” And I answer, “But it’s harder for US, since we’re left with the empty hole where you used to be, while you’re going on to new and exciting things!”
Ah well, it amazes me that the people who are left seem to find some hope to hang on to. There’s a great Sunday seminar planned for the Fall, where you learn about prayer and then spend time praying… Exactly the sort of thing one of these families has been trying to get going for about 15 years, with only 2 or 3 showing up. I don’t understand why people weren’t flocking to the prayer meetings, with our recent troubles, but…. maybe God has other plans. Maybe these families who are quitting our church are actually doing us a favour, so that the agony doesn’t get too prolonged.
Tomorrow is ESCAPE day for us again. Yay!! Might see you online, from the States!
“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” (Phil. 4:4-5)