September 13th, 2005

Kukalaka

Along for the ride

First real Community Group meeting tonight with Megan and Nathan taking the leadership reins. They were so, so money! Micah's apartment was also a great place to meet, turnout was high, and nearly everyone stayed engaged with the discussion and material. I praise God for such a good start. One or two group members are clearly having a bit of struggle dealing with Jesus' story being larger than their own, but that's a struggle we can all understand, and one from which we can all be freed.

In addition to all that, it's a relief not to be the leader for a time. It's nice to let conversations go, participating and contributing as I wish but without feeling the burden of having to make anything happen (or not happen). I hope that's a blessing for Megan and Nathan as well, because I can also act as a mole to help keep us on track.

Josh and Jamie are the sweetest: they brought me an old Star Trek book after noticing the memorabilia at my apartment last week. It may sound odd, but I am completely floored whenever anyone does anything just for me—when it shows that someone thought of me at some time other than when I happened to be in their presence. I have many friends, but I guess I assume I'm mostly out-of-sight, out-of-mind (that's just the way most relationships seem to be). So the level to which I'm touched is far larger than one might expect from a simple book.

This could be the beginning of a very healthy season.