Just over a week ago, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I mentioned that a Christian friend, died.
So, last Saturday, he wasn't able to attend our Christian Singles' Café (CSC).
Brian was a rather unique person. Some adored him, with his unique sense of humour. Others did not feel comfortable with him. But then, who is perfect? No one.
In the past, our group met on the first Friday of the month, at Tim Horton's. In fact, this group had met at various locations of Timmy's, from the beginning of when the group began, in September 2009. Just before my now deceased husband Gordon, died.
At that time, a friend of mine was the leader of the group. Even though Gordon had only died less than a month before the November 2009 meeting, she insisted she was going to take me to the gathering of the group, because she felt I needed to be able to get out and have support from other single Christian friends. Some of whom, suffered the way I was.
However, things changed over time.
My friend who lead the group, left the group. Another Christian sister in the Lord, took over.
Before I had my emergency surgery in Sept. 2012, we had up to 30 people attend our group.
Over this time of being cut open so often that I couldn't attend our group gatherings. However, when I did a few months ago, we had only seven (7) or less people, show up.
Then, our leader let us know she had to move out of town, to work at a church, in the Collingwood area, where she would be serving our Lord. As a pastor.
Knowing that she often gave Brian and a couple of other people a ride to our group gatherings, we discussed changing the location.
After all, I am still awaiting another surgery. And, won't be able to drive anyone needing a ride.
So, last Saturday, December 6th, our group for CSC, were to meet at a different location.
It was arranged that we would meet at Wendy's, on Ouellette Ave., near the corner of Ellis. Within only a few yards of where our group members L, and Brian lived (in different apartment buildings).
We set this up, so that they would be able to walk to meet with the group. And, another member D, who takes a bus to visit both L and Brian, would be able to easily attend the gathering. After all, he is legally blind.
It was agreed that this would be best for those few people who had not stopped attending CSC. Plus, with plenty of parking, it would be easy for those in any area of Windsor, to travel to this location and park their vehicle.
When I arrived at Wendy's last Saturday, I thought that possibly people were running late. Well, at least some.
C had let me know she wouldn't be in Windsor, that evening. L, was sick, so I knew she couldn't attend, even though she lives at that intersection where Wendy's is located. D hadn't confirmed if he would attend or not. Y, had moved to Collingwood area. And, of course, Brian couldn't, because he was no longer alive.
I heard from no one else, as to whether or not they would attend. Not from friends in real life. Not from FB friends who saw my postings. And, not from anyone on the list of about 26 people I e-mailed.
Please don't misunderstand. It is not necessary for anyone to respond and confirm whether or not they are going. No response is needed. People just show up.
To my surprise, I found myself seated by myself.
Right from the beginning, when I took a seat waiting for others to show up, I believed it may not happen. And, it didn't.
After sitting there alone for a while, I suspected that no one else was joining me, there. And, this became the truth.
Even though I wasn't happy about being there alone, I reminded myself that I am truly never alone. For, our Lord, is with me, always.
Just as we read, in Matthew 28: 18-20 (NKJV), "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen."
How I praise God that I am truly never alone. Not that evening at Wendy's. Not on my recent birthday. Not ever.
He's with me, always. And, always will be.
While driving home, I thought about these verses, and thought about how we are commanded to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that He has commanded us to do... just as we read, there.
Once again, thoughts of leaving Canada to go teach English as a Second Language (ESL) somewhere in the world, crossed my mind.
Whether or not this will ever happen, I do not know. Only God knows.
However, I know it can't happen any time, soon. For I am still awaiting that surgery/operation, that I am praying will be the last I will ever experience.
For this, I am praying. And, will continue to pray.
Please, join me in prayer. Thank you. May God bless you.
Until next time...
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