We sit at a table, outside, where the sun is setting and the air is still very warm. Our relief from the heat is found in the little bowls of frozen yogurt that may have been healthy if not laden with caramel sauce, toffee bits, chunks of cheesecake, peanut butter cups, and other calorie filled spoons of goodness.
We know we have precious little time to catch up and learn to dance with each other. Children are waiting at home for us to tuck them into bed. Husbands have already worked a full day and they are waiting for us to return to share the burden of child rearing.
So we smile at one another and eat our treat as fast as we can so that we can begin what we have really came to do.
We have come together to share the book of Philippians. We have been reading Paul’s letter everyday for 5 days. The whole book, for 5 days.
And now we look at each other expectantly.
“What did you like about Philippians?”, she asks.
I smile. What’s not to like really? It’s a letter written to a beloved body of believers. It’s dripping with encouragement and love and rejoicing.
What could I say? I loved it all.
She agrees. And we spend an hour pointing out precious words that spoke to our hearts. We flip pages and search for those words that the Holy Spirit is using to begin to transform our lives.
We share a few names of those whom we long to invite into our group. Those faces that rarely leave our thoughts because we know they have not experienced the grace we have experienced.
We rejoice in the new baby she is expecting and we rejoice in the life change that is already happening within our own lives.
We rejoice in the Lord.
And as we move on to the book of Colossians, we carry with us this spirit of rejoicing…and the excitement of inviting someone else to the dance.