The word prompt for today’s Five Minute Friday, where we write for five minutes straight without stopping, is the word, together.
So, here we go . . .
Just a few hours ago we wound our way home from a long weekend at the lake. It wasn’t just any trip to the lake; it was a Sunday School class retreat. About half of our 120 member class converged on Lake Tenkiller for three days of physical and spiritual rejuvenation.
This group is a group of people who love each other, serve each other, pray for each other, and of course spend their share of time playing. One of the class mottoes is, “We do sad together, and we do glad together.” And it is so true.
I enjoy my alone time. I like to go on excursions by myself or alone with my husband. Being one with my husband means I can be alone with him while we are together, but I digress. This class has been a balm for my soul. For someone like me who is a loner to a certain degree this group of fellow Christians brings a sense of harmony and rightness in the midst of a chaotic world, and it is such a blessing to walk together through life with them.
I would say the average age in the class is probably about 77. I am 45, the youngest member of the class. But what we don’t have in common with age, we have in common with our mutual faith in Christ and our mutual love for one another. I know being so much younger than the other members of the class means that my husband and I will endure a lot of heartbreak as we watch our friends continue to age and eventually pass from this world, we've already endured this more than once, but I know we will be together again one day. And when that day arrives, we will no longer be doing sad together, only glad.
A few of our friends . . .