"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now." Matthew 6:34a The Message
Tonight was a momentous night with the Soul Sisters Bible Study. We finished our study of Creation Continues by Fritz Kunkel. This is a deep and thorough psychological study of Matthew's Gospel that we have been dissecting chapter by chapter since July of 2007! Talk about persevering. Next week we are taking a voting break and then we are going at Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship. To celebrate our accomplishments tonight SSC brought a cake in Fritz's honor. Many is the time we have laughed together imagining him sighing in long-suffering patience wondering if we were ever going to get done qvetching about some of the ideas in his book! "Women!" we would imagine him saying to anyone who was nearby. Paul perhaps. Or even Jesus. Tonight we envisioned him sending off a quick heads up memo to Dietrich warning him of what was to come.
We also had a grand time blessing some things tonight. Of late we have all taken up knitting while we talk. C has been finishing a scarf for her son's girlfriend, S has been making a sweater for her baby grandson and tonight A was working on a sweet Christmas stocking for her grandbaby's first Christmas. So we decided to pray over all of them as we sent them on their way. It was so wonderful wrapping all of those loving gifts in God's love as well. We also of course blessed and prayed for each other and ourselves.
I was grateful for the respite of this time. This day, as all these days, had its difficult moments, its reminders that all is not so well. But God does keep showing up and getting my attention in all sorts of wonderful ways. I am so grateful for the gift of these women in my life.