Saturday, July 2, 2011

An Elephant?

Yesterday, being July 1st was also important for another reason, other than what I wrote about in Life with Lynnie (LwL).  It was the first Friday of the month.

You know what that means!  Yup!  It was time for Christian Singles' Cafe (CSC).

If you've read LwL in the past, you'll know that a group of us Christian Singles meet at a Tim Horton's once a month.  For those who don't know what Tim Horton's is, it is a coffee shop.  I sometimes refer to it as Timmy's.

Actually, Timmy's is quite popular, not just here in Windsor, for this is a national company in Canada, with locations just about on every major street corner!  For those living in USA, be prepared!  Tim Horton's has begun to open locations and one day, there will probably be a coffee shop near you.  Hopefully, my American friends will come to love their coffee and other delectible products as much as we do, here in Canada.

lol  No, I'm not being paid to give a glowing ad for Tim Horton's!  Just so you know.  :-))

In any case, we met last evening at 7:30 p.m.  Not where we usually meet, though.  We met at a new location.  Well, it's not a new location for the company, but it was a new meeting place location, for us.

We met for the first time, here on Windsor's east side, on Tecumseh Road, next door to Red Lobster restaurant.  Being closer for me to drive, I found it was easy to get to.

Hopefully, everyone read their e-mail that had been sent to them, notifying of our new meeting place, but something tells me that possibly everyone had not.  Either that, or because it was a holiday weekend, possibly some people had other plans.

In any case, there were only 10 of us who met.

I left early.  Oh, it wasn't because I was upset over my personal issues of the day, for by the time evening arrived, I was feeling okay.

Actually, it had to do more with others who had a problem between them.

First, I must say that I will not get into what the actual problem was between some of the people.  However, I must say that it was rather stressful for most people who attended last night.

Not only did it feel like there was an elephant in the room that no one wanted to address, but there was such division between people generally speaking, that someone else actually left before I did.

Oh, I did my best to not get involved, not wanting to open up a can of worms while our group was meeting.

First, one friend involved sat beside me.  This person didn't have to discuss the issue, because we had already had a telephone conversation about the issue, so I was well versed in the problem.

Just as I stood up to leave about 8:30 p.m., the other person involved in the problem who had been seated at the opposite end of our table grouping, approached me, saying they needed to speak with me for a few moments.

We separated ourselves from the group and discussed the issue that seemed to divide our group.

I let this person know that I was probably the only person there who felt that the two of them needed to work things out, in a Biblical way.  We discussed for a short time, exactly what that meant.  We parted as friends.

Then, I returned to the rest of the group, saying good-bye to all my friends, before leaving. 

Driving home, I felt rather bad and frustrated.  Not just for myself, either; although, I must say that I had hoped to be lifted up by our monthly visit and was disappointed that I was home, just about 9:00 p.m.  Mostly, I felt badly for my friends, for not all seemed to be aware or care that Satan is having his way with them. 

After all, he comes to rob, kill and destroy.  And, it appears, he is winning.  At least, in this particular battle.  Hopefully, all realize that he cannot win the war.  After all, God is love.  And, we are called to love our neighbour as ourself (Mark 12:31).

Until next time...

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