I have a new friend, M. She said, “yes” to painting the door I received two days ago. Today, she visited me at church to view the door. She initially thought I was asking her to paint a picture of a door and we had a laugh about that. What I am asking her to do is probably not a normal request either. I am asking her to create a painting on the door representing the worship themes and commissioned hymn for our Presbyterian General Assembly in June. She seemed unsure about the direction to take with her painting, so we prayed lectio divina using the text for the commissioned hymn, during which, she received clarity and more confidence. We visited a few stores to purchase paint and supplies. Then we shared stories over lunch. I am excited to have found M, and she seems excited to work on a project where she can use her gifts. In just a few days M and I connected, shared, and are working together to create something wonderful. I know it is special because God brought us together, where, with God’s help, we can do great things.

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. – Matthew 18:20

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