Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thursday Ladies

We gather at Eline's every Thursday evening, showing up when we can, any time after 6pm, usually closer to 7pm and sometimes after 8pm. It's totally informal and relaxed. Six and sometimes seven of us, all over 40, none over 60, some Grandmas and others mothers of still small ones. We have grown into a tight knit sisterhood of prayer, studying God's Word and sharing everything. We pray, laugh, talk, eat, listen, cry, pray some more and sing, often with dancing.
We are blessed, us girls, from as far away as Rwanda and Phillipines, and as local as Alliston and other places in between.

We are rich and vibrant. Sometimes we laugh until tears stream down our cheeks and our bellies ache from the effort. Other times we weep with understanding, compassion, intercession, surrounding each other, a soft herd, caring and nurturing, lifting lives to the only One, Father who knows the next step.
Sometimes daughters join in, beautiful African teens, or granddaughters, small, blonde, giggly, wiggly.
We enjoy being together. This group of girls, finding strength and loving, spurring on, encouraging. We leave each time uplifted, ignited afresh.
And it doesn't stop there. For during the week we meet, in stores, on the street, at events, in church. We are connected by that flame, that heart Who loves. The Eternal.

"Behold , how good and how pleasant it is for brethren(sisters!) to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded blessing, even life for evermore" Psalm 103 KJV

1 comment:

Belinda said...

How wonderful "community" is. We hear so much about the splintering of society and the breaking down of the family unit. Thursday Ladies are family in a beautiful way. On Thursdays I shall think of you all!