This week went by really quickly, right? I'm not complaining, but sheesh! Anyhoo, I'm happy to be hanging out with the lovely folks at Kate Motaung's for Five-Minute Friday. It's the first link-up I ever participated in and I can't seem to get tired of it. If you're interested in joining the fun, head here for the (short) list of guidelines.
When I'm going through something, I tend to recede into myself. I get quiet, disconnect, and put all my energy into whatever is challenging me. I don't know that it's particularly healthy to do this, but it is what it is.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago, right in the midst of My Hardest Season Ever, I agreed to host a get-together at my home. My mind was screaming, "What in the wide, wide world of sports are you doing, Dara?! You don't have enough space to have 4-5 couples plus their children in your house at once! And what about the kids' bed times, huh? And how will you feed all those people? E is working that night, so you'll be doing all of this by yourself? What is wrong with you?!"
I can't really explain why I did it other than it was simply something I needed to do. My spirit needed a change in order to guarantee a different result.
I, rather honestly, explained to the folks coming by that I didn't have much more to offer other than the house, water, and ice. Due to a sudden lack of funds, I didn't have the resources to host a gathering like I used to.
The response was overwhelming and humbling in the best way. Everyone brought something to share, creating the biggest, tastiest impromptu pot luck I'd ever seen. And afterward, while the older kids watched the younger ones, the adults laughed and sang and wept and prayed for one another. I have never experienced this level of outpouring of love, trust, humility, understanding, and honesty. People shared their vulnerabilities and were met with tender care rather than judgment. It was simultaneously a powerful unburdening and a sharing in each others' struggles.
To call it a visit, though accurate, seems inadequate; it was a revival.