"Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." ~2 Corinthians 13:11
As humans, and especially as women, we have a hunger and craving for fellowship with one another. As followers of Jesus Christ, that fellowship is even more of a necessity as we navigate through our busyness and this worldly culture. I know I need connection, encouragement, comfort, as well as other people with whom to share joys, frustrations, concerns, and a few giggles. Truly connecting and making heart-friends has been one of my most fervent prayers since moving to Charlotte from Colorado over five years ago.
Our church is wonderful and filled with the Spirit of the Lord. I have met many amazing people. But I have found myself dissatisfied with the lack of time and opportunity to go deeper than the quick greetings in the hallways as we pass to and from our classes and worship services. I have even found myself envious of our Tuesday morning "MOMS" class, a wonderful fellowship and Bible study for mothers of preschoolers. With kids in elementary and middle, and now high school, I'm past the point of play-dates, which were probably more for the moms than the kids in the first place!
And then, last fall, a casual acquaintance invited me, along with several other women, to coffee at McDonalds. We were all from the same Sunday school class, lived in adjoining neighborhoods, and had kids in the same schools, but we all really didn't know one another. The plan was to meet on a Wednesday morning after the kids got on the bus. I suddenly found that I had my own MOMS (Mothers of Middle Schoolers) group! We began meeting twice a month and became dependent upon and so thankful for our regular fellowship.
On any given first or third Wednesday, you will find between three and ten of us gathered at our local McDonalds. We share, we laugh, we seek advice, we support, and we care. These ladies, virtual strangers to me not so long ago, are now counted among my closest friends. We're all striving to be godly mothers, wives, and women. Just as Paul did with the Corinthians, I share my heart with my "coffee girls." I am so looking forward to tomorrow morning!
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