The wind grows colder, the skies go deep-fall blue and the whisper of Christmas is just around the corner.
And around one more corner after that will be (in)RL on April 27 and 28th.
I’ve been thinking of them both…
How our vision of bringing women together really started with one woman and a baby in a manger long ago.
We’ve talked, our team, of the Word made flesh who came and made His dwelling among us. How we love that God refused to stay in the virtual and instead came into our everyday.
Christmas was the first (in)RL—the original in real life.
Everything we may do is only an echo and extension.
When Lisa-Jo first spilled words over the phone to me of her passion for letting our community connect with each other in real life, I heard something else in between the lines.
I heard the heartbeat of God within what she was saying, what she was asking all of us to do.
Community here in this place is a start but it’s not the be-all, end-all of what loving one another means.
We’re made for face-to-face, heart-to-heart, laughter we can hear, smiles we can see, hands we can touch.
We’re made for real life.
Christmas is so much about that, really. When you pull back the tinsel and distractions, the memories and meaning that remains is really all about relationships.
About who we are together.
About who we are (in) Him.
Over the next few days, we’ll be celebrating in creative ways with you and we hope in all of it you’ll see our hearts for this season and (in)RL too.
It’s simple, really…
We love Jesus.
And we love you.
by Holley Gerth, a girl who loves Nutella and friendship