Last Thursday, August 22nd, I was again invited to go and meet with the Soul Sisters book club at Crista Ministries. Last time I went and Caity accompanied me; we spent a majority of the time sharing our own stories, our joint testimony. And it was wonderful because for the first time we both had our sight unveiled and were able to see God’s handiwork through all of the turmoil and layers of crises we have been going through recently. It was a complete joy to share that time together with her among the Soul Sisters. And the women we bared our souls to were kind, gracious and filled with compassion. It was pure glory.
This second visit was different in contrast. We were unable to secure a sitter for our kids so Caity stayed home with the kids and I ventured out alone. When I told her about how nervous I was to go by myself, she simply replied (in her wisdom and to her credit), “You’ll be doing this on your own at some point in the near future…it might as well start now.” We both prayed for divine guidance to give direction in the evening, and boy-howdy did it go. Some of the ladies who were unable to read OLDE MYSTERIUM at the last visit had finished the book by this second round. So many questions were asked about the characters and their struggles; it was truly fun to relive and walk through those portions of the story and expand upon the layers of meaning hidden within those moments. Finding Jesus in the hardships of OLDE MYSTERIUM was utter joy; but most of all, I was able to observe the Soul Sisters diving into their own exegesis and expand upon their own personal findings from the book. This was most meaningful to me because all I had to do was sit back and watch these dear readers in their exchanges. It felt like sitting next to Jesus and watching his glory flow outward. And I realized there was nothing I had done to cause this moment, it was all designed ahead of time…a divine appointment.
I must give a goodly amount of thanks and credit to these gracious ladies who invited me into their group for the evening; they invited me again into a lovely and safe space to be able to talk about ideas, characters, plot lines, personal struggles, and loving others like Saba…the way Jesus loves each and every one of us.
To be loved unconditionally; to love others unconditionally no matter how broken they are in body and soul. We can do this because Jesus first loved us in our brokenness. He is in the business of collecting broken people for restoration; it is his divine hobby and I know that Jesus is filled with delight at each point my personal restoration because I too am filled with the same joy. This is, after all, the heart of OLDE MYSTERIUM.
SED EGO DIGREDIENDUM
Final notes of thanks:
To the Soul Sisters for both invitations to visit, I give you all the greatest of my thanksgiving. You have blessed my wife and me with your love, support, prayers and ultimate cheerleading for OLDE MYSTERIUM and for us personally. Your kindness and generosity in a multitude of ways have filled our cups in knowing that Jesus is hard at work, both upfront and behind the scenes. Should you ever decide to invite us back to continue our discussions about the return of Jesus, we would be happy to join in!
And finally, it was brought to my attention that OLDE MYSTERIUM was initially introduced to the Soul Sisters by Julie Gwinn Holve via an old friend of mine, Tina Bustamante. Tina, thank you for all of your encouragement through the years of writing, editing, publishing and other things that require blood and tears. I’m excited for your book AS WATERS GONE BY to come out in November; and as I’ve already had the honor to read and enjoy it, be assured that I am excited to be a cheerleader for it.