Saturday, July 14, 2007

Grilling Out with God, the Sequel

We had another cookout today. John spoke about how God's love differs from worldly love. We had a total of 25 people (nine of them kids) in and out of our back yard throughout the day. Lest any of you get the very wrong impression that we are hospitality heroes, let me assure you that it's not true. Here's what our back yard looked like at 8:30 this morning, while I was still in my pajamas and without coffee. You can see that our wonderful neighbors, Tony and David, set up the tents and tables. They even hooked up some fans to combat the sweltering heat we faced last weekend. The grill is theirs too. You may also notice that we didn't mow our lawn, roll up our hose, or even pick up the kids' toys from yesterday. They were gracious enough to work around our mess. Again people brought goodies and, for a while, we thought we had more food than would be humanly possible for our group to consume. At about 7:00pm, after much socializing and even more grazing, we realized we were wrong. We had some new faces. One lady has been in poor health for 15 months and hasn't been out of her house much. We were thrilled that she spent the entire day with us. She told John how much she appreciated his sermon and said it was the best day she's had in a long time. Comments like that make us want to do this every weekend.

The kids had another best-day-of-my-life kind of day. Honestly, a plastic pool, a swing set, and some good friends rank right up there with Disney World. I guess that's easy to say since my kids have never been there.
Wait a minute, this guy has been there. What's his excuse?

Some of the guys want to meet for discussion next week, so we're planning to switch things up a bit and invite them into our air conditioning.

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