Today I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with an elderly woman’s group in Orlando, FL. These ladies have been together for a very long time and know everyone’s history, wants, needs and desires. I doubt any of them was under 80 and they were living it up large. They were surprised to see me there since I am a bit out of their demographics, but, they were kind and cordial and excited to see a new face. I was welcomed.
I observed how carefully they cared for one another, helped each other when needed, let the weak go first in line and shared their aches and pains. This is a group that has loved on each other a long time and it shows.
As I sat there, I realized that groups like this are dwindling in today’s world. Specifically, no one looked at their cell phone or sent a tweet the entire two hours. They just ate together and enjoyed the company and camaraderie of friends. Laughter echoed off the halls of the building. Such joy.
I hope when I am older and grayer that I will have the great good fortune to have friends such as these. I hope my peeps will still enjoy a meal, a laugh and a song. I want to grow up to be just like these ladies.
For me, this kind of fellowship is the real “church” which is borne out of love and a positive co-dependence. The lunch was inspiring and uplifting. Their love for life and for each other was evident. A fellowship of saints.