Surrounded By Good People
My new Bible study group decided to take a break from our regular meetings in the basement of our church. Instead, we decided to have a more informal, social gathering at a coffee shop. I thought it might be a little awkward, as we wouldn’t be able to fall back on reading a passage if there was a lull in the conversation. But I didn’t need to worry. The time passed quickly, and I had so much fun I wanted to come home and blog about it!
The leader of our group is a deacon. He is a really nice man. I think he is an office manager somewhere, but I am not entirely sure – it has never come up. I know that he has volunteered with the church for over a decade, though. I joined this particular group because of him. He has a very comforting demeanor and always finds a way to let everyone have their turn to speak. It makes discussions during our group very interactive and fun. I learn a lot and get to look at things in ways I never expected to. It was interesting to see him even sort of outside his role as a deacon. He was more laid back and seemed to really enjoy himself. That was cool to see.
Some of the other members took his laid-back manner and ran with it. They brought up all kinds of topics, like music and tv, that we would never talk about during group. I got to know people in a more personal way, which was really nice. I found out about their families and the kinds of things they do in their free time. It helped shed some light on their perspectives, and will make Bible study in the future a little more interesting now that I have some context into their lives and the way they think.
The reason I wanted to post this is not to brag about the great night I had with people I consider good friends now. It is because many people, possibly some of my readers, feel very alone in the world. I want everyone to know that there is a community out there of people who want you in their lives and who want the best for you. The easiest way to find people like that is by joining a parish in your area. Many places of worship will have different activities, either for parishioners or for the community at large. If you’ve just moved somewhere, becoming a churchgoer is a great way to meet like-minded people. And if you aren’t new, don’t worry. They’ll still welcome you with open arms. It doesn’t matter if you used to be a different faith, were never religious before, or had a lapse in faith. It doesn’t matter the minute you walk through the doors. All is forgiven. So, if you are longing for human connection, keep this in mind and give it a try. Hopefully you will find a great group of people you can call friends, just like I did!