Pirates, Murder, and Fellowship


Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Sitting around a long handmade wooden table was a motley crew if I had ever seen one myself. 

A ‘governor's daughter,’ ‘priest,’ ,’Voo Doo queen’, and other hysterical characters with elaborately developed backstories and beautifully creative costumes all came together to discover the identity of the murderer of their beloved ship captain.

This was how I spent my Saturday night.

Just days before, this very same crew sat around another table - at Panera. The wardrobe was less conspicuous. The (fake) swords were still in children’s dress-up clothes boxes. 

Yet, each, with their own backstory, engaged in sharing their hearts, troubles, and questions as we wrestled through the book of James. 

The conversation was deep, with vulnerable prayers and real encouragement.

Although many of the relationships are relatively young, just sitting at the table, one can nearly see the threads that God is using to knit each of us together into a real community. The woman who disciples younger believers without looking for commendation, the woman who opens her home to strangers to share the love of Christ, the woman who still feels like a baby Christian even after all these years, the woman who is desperately waiting for God’s call to send her on the mission field....

1 Corinthians 12:12 in the flesh:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

As we sat around the ‘pirate table’, accusing each other of murder, I couldn’t help but sit back and be thankful. These beautiful women have been such an encouragement to me in ways I cannot express.

What does community look like in your context? It’s easy to overlook our need for each other if we’re not careful. If you are not currently active in a women’s group, I encourage you to step out and give it a try, regardless of how cheesy or difficult it may feel. Believe me, it’s worth it.

See You In The Round,
Ashley


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