Yesterday was a “red-berry day”! I was excited to find quite a few little Christmas flower-picks/candle rounds, etc. with greenery and red berries–all for a dollar each. Then at Small Group, they agreed to come to our home next week!
We usually meet at just the one home, the leaders’ place. But they’ll be away next week, and feel frustrated that they’ve had to cancel a few meetings this month. So we were more than happy to take up the slack.
They are going to Toronto. :| If I let myself think about it, the sadness about missing people from our previous Home can certainly wedge its way in. It seems to take so long to get close to new people, especially in such a big church. (We left a small church in the Big City, to come to a city that seems “empty” by comparison, to a MEGA church!) After all, you can’t help but just KNOW that people who have known you for 30 years will care about your concerns.
However, we’re starting to feel the warmth in our new circle (besides the fireplace that I flicked on this morning ;P ). The lady of the home we meet in certainly has a warm hug! Interesting that they have kids who live in Toronto, who are about to move here to Ottawa. Of course they are very happy about it, just as my parents & family were about our move!
There were two different readings this morning that told me to cheer up, better things are coming; even though I don’t feel like this is a message I really need (I’m quite cheery already, thank you). Maybe I’ll need it in two years, when I read this post over again. :D Or maybe YOU need it!
“So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ–eternal and glorious plans they are!–will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” (1 Peter 5:10-11)