Monday, September 29, 2008
This is a photo of my kids and all my best friends' kids serving as flower girls and ring bearers in Dave and Kinsey Piscatelli's (an awesome young couple from our church.)wedding. Mike and I know their parents pretty intimately. We have all been part of a "Life group" (this just means we meet weekly for dinner, conversation, encouragement, and Bible Study) for 4 years. I post this for a few reasons.
1. We all have really, really good looking kids. Seriously, our kids are way cuter than yours.
2. This pic captures the different personalities of the kids with remarkable accuracy.
3. This photo reminds me of the importance of community. These kids are all growing up together, alternately loving and fighting one another (usually with light sabers) , because their parents have made a decision to intentionally do life with friends. If anyone in our group needs anything, money, a car, encouragement, a place to stay, shoulder to cry on, emergency babysitting...they are one e-mail or phone call away from having their need met. This group has weathered enormous storms together. Miscarriages. Divorce. Disappointment. Loss of jobs. Illness. When I look at this photo, I love these kids in a powerful, feel it in my gut kind of way. When I think about their parents, I start to cry.
As humans, we're designed for relational connection. Plus, you should see my friend Jesse's frog imitation. That's probably the real reason we all show up at life group.
I am so incredibly thankful for these friends and how they consistently challenge me and point me to the safe place of Grace.