For the past several years we have been part of a small group of friends that meet together on a regular basis...mostly just to share this journey we call life. Some call us a life group. I call us a care group...because we care! We take turns hosting...and we work our way through a Bible study...or sometimes are inspired by an inspirational video series. But mostly we share our joys and sorrows...and pray for each other. During these years we have been meeting...we have had been through so much with each other. There have been children married and parents buried. Many new grandchildren have joined our ranks and one grandchild went on ahead to her heavenly home. There has been illness...and a couple from our group who underwent a double kidney transplant operation. One has a son with disabilities. There are others who have shared relationship problems with family members...co-workers...or even neighbours. We are there for each other. We care! Sharing with friends makes the sorrows easier and multiplies the joys.
We also know how to fun together...and celebrated a few milestone birthdays in the recent past. And every year around this time we have a Christmas party. We did just that...a few days ago. Though the food is always fantastic...the highlight of the evening is our gift exchange. We know how to give the best of gifts! Who could have known that a 'white elephant' gift exchange could be so entertaining? A few of the gifts seem to come back from year to year!
The antique rat trap was a real prize this year...though it seems it got left behind when the party was over. And who would not want a 'green valley' sign for their man cave. I would have been quite happy to take home the ceramic Christmas tree with its many sparkling lights. We had such a good time. We put our cares aside...and we laughed.
And now it seems our journey together will be changing in the New Year. One of the couples will be moving on...due to a job transfer. I'm sad about that. But we wish them any blessings...and we will keep them in our prayers...because we care!