We woke up this morning and I dragged (drug?) David to church where he ended up having a splendid experience (face!). The Unitarian Universalist church near our apartment is quite an experience and it is great to be in a building with people of all, some, or even no specific faith. People who believe in the power of the human spirit. That’s a pretty amazing thing. I had been there once before and thought we could use a visit (if I could convince him to go).
I have always been the kind to quietly sneak in and out of random churches, never connecting or finding a home. Today we found a new “church home” with some incredible people. I went all out and decided to share David’s story with the congregation when they asked, during their time of sharing sorrows, for anyone that would like , to stand up and ask for prayers and thoughts of healing and support. The warmth and the love that we were surrounded with at that moment and after the service was so beautiful.
We met a plethora of new people after the service and even went out to lunch with some new friends (Hi Sarah, Virginia, and Keith!). Making new friends is awesome.
We also ended up sharing some prayers with David’s family which was certainly a special experience. We followed that up with some good old fashioned family bonding over card games. I had to bow out after rounds of winning to do homework and to let someone else win for a change. We relaxed, we ate, we bonded.
There’s a lot of stuff that needs to get done. Our apartment is a mess. We need to pack it up. We need to go to the market. I have homework that I’m still working on at midnight. But sometimes the world needs to stop so you can get a helping hand from loved ones who say “Hey, we’re here for you.”
Thank you. We love you.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha
Go ahead world, share some happiness. I freakin’ dare you.