Thursday, January 24, 2008

Book Study?

My Thursday night girls may be grumbling a little tonight. The "little dictatress" (that's me) is insisting that we do a book study of Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big Life. Remember when I said it was nice to have a place to come to - my house - where nothing was expected except that you show up and have a good time? Well, sometimes we have to work too - on ourselves. Using the analogy of redoing a house, Susanka will lead us to a life renovation. Everyone could use a little sprucing up now and then, hmmm?

There is always something miraculous that happens on Thursday nights. One of the girls has a brother who is dealing with ALS. He has been the most awesome elementary school teacher in the world. But things are getting tough for him. Each week or so, we give a few bucks to a fund that we haven't named yet, and every time we get a little money in it, some need appears. Tonight we gave our friend the money to buy a CD player for her brother so he could listen to books on CD since he can't turn pages anymore. He has VERY PARTICULAR taste, so we went all the way, buying him a snazzy player that was expensive but half price at Brookstone.

There is just so much you can do to alleviate the sorrow and worry of others. This group is creative about finding what it is that will help and getting right to supplying it. If we don't know the right thing to do, we at least spend some time thinking and talking about the problem in an effort to gain understanding.

I am truly blessed to have these girls at my table.

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