Well, here we are on this fine day of February the 9th. We are in the midst of a Blizzard!! It is truly awesome to behold this storm. Earlier, I had the wonderful opportunity to embark on an "adventure in Narnia" with three of my grandchildren...the three that live closest, (right next door actually!!) Ava West, Jack Sullivan and Ella Victory. We trekked around the church property for a while, and ended up at the NLC Playground behind the church. Being at the Playground in the midst of this Blizzard was something to behold! A summer spot now being enjoyed in the Blizzard...very cool! (No pun intended!)
The kids are quite unique, you know. Each poetically talented, and different. In a way, they represent all of us...curious, chatty, sensitive, needing love and craving independence. I liked when Ava yelled out, "come on everyone!!" as they began their plunges down the slide and into the waiting snow at the bottom. There were only three, but it seemed like an army...or an entourage...or...a family. We all have a need for "family" don't we? A need to... belong?
This Blizzard gives me time to think of my many blessings....the recent return of my car that was stolen last Friday (a story for another day!), some truly wonderful services at church these past few Sundays, my personal family (Pamela, and Stacie and Jeffrey and Betsie, and my mom and other family members in NY and NC and Fla), and my church family.
So curious, that church family is; IE last night was a very interesting Bible Study of 1 Timothy 2:9-15. Check out that passage to see what I mean! Many creative questions were asked. Chatty they are...time just flew by! Sensitive, oh yes..each having a different story to share, and different application to grasp. And, how all of us need love, yet desire independence.
Which brings me to this: Romans 12:5, from the Message. Don't you just sometimes love the Message?
"In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t."
In other words, "enjoy your individuality, enjoy your togetherness, enjoy your new life in Christ!"
Thanking the Lord today for a time to think....and a time to be truly thankful for His many blessings!
BTW...."YOU" are welcome at NLC, anytime!!
And, yes, I really do love my grandkids!!