I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Debbie from Heart Choices, Mary from Pile of Smiles, and I gathered yesterday in the cool of Prescott's charm for a blogGirl-fest-n-feast extraordinaire!
Following a long "hello" we made our way to the Gurley Street Grille (yum!), where we roosted for a solid four hours.
Our time of feasting was fabulous, but not half so fabulous as our feast on God's word and promises.
For hours we shared the highlights of each of our lives, as well as our insights and experience; our certainties and quandaries. We laughed. We pondered. We prayed.
When it came time to part company, I was left with the sense that this would not be our last such gathering. Debbie and I hugged Mary farewell, and then continued on our way back to the Phoenix valley.
Throughout the 90 minute return-trip we extended our chatter & laughter, filled now with the gratitude of our day away, and Mary's VERY real friendship.
I know many among us feel, at times, that blogging is a questionable pass-time. I've even asked myself: "Surely there's something more productive you could be doing, Kathleen?"
But ever-and-always I am reminded that community was God's idea; not mine. It's formed in the strangest of places, and roots deeply - one heart by one heart after another - to form the whole of it.
In fact, it roots deepest in hearts after God's own!
Thank you, "girls", for the new and powerful memories, and for honoring me with your time & camaraderie.