I’m a recently divorced, single mom of three amazing kids. With school-age kids, our life is a whirlwind of activity on most days. So, on the rare day that I have some time to slow down, I prefer to be in my pajamas, making breakfast (for all three meals of the day) and cozying up by the fire with my kindle. (Which is where I am right now as I type this.) I’m an introvert. If I didn’t have my kids and a job, I’d never go outside. After all, with netflix and amazon and target making daily drops, there’s not a lot of incentive for me to go anywhere (except for fresh milk, eggs, veggies and fruit – but they’ll get that figured out soon).

Last weekend, Westbrook gave away 500 pumpkins to our community. 500! That means A LOT of people came. As the line formed and the festivities started, I saw smiles all around as people engaged with each other in conversation, played some games, drank some cider and ate some popcorn together. The bouncy house was packed (safely) with joyful, jumping kids and as I scanned the crowd, I saw my neighbor. She was talking to the woman I had just met at my son’s football game last week; I joined them in conversation. After my middle-kid popped the last kernel of popcorn in his mouth and we waved our goodbyes, I realized how much I would have missed had I not been a part of this community gathering.

While my inclination is to isolate, the truth is that we were designed to be in community with one another. And not just a quick, casual sporting event or class outing here and there, but in true community where we “do life” together. Where we share our hurts and our fears and where we can grow out of these things into a life filled with healthy choices. And that means making an effort to get off the couch and out the door to where true community in Christ is happening. So, if you came for the pumpkins last Saturday, I hope you come back around for so much more! You and I NEED more than that.

“24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—” Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

Pumpkin pancakes, anyone? Oh, and I’ll see you at services on Sunday! (note: that’s an exclamation mark – not a question mark) 🙂


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