Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Tonight was session 9 of our Esther study. Our last one. I'm bummed. But blessed.

This has been one of the BEST Bible studies I've ever been a part of, let alone led. I have grown so attached to my sweet sisters in this study. Beth Moore of course, taught us tons, but I think the emphasis on all things woman-dom just made the learning that much richer. And the fact that I actually exercised my gift-giving love language. I had such a blast finding small girly treats for my ladies.

And we had such a wide range of women in this group - several who had never done an in-depth study with us. Soooo fun to have people who haven't heard all my stories. We had an 80 year old still married. Several 60ish and 70ish - some married, some widowed. We had some 40ish and 50ish, married and divorced. We had some 20ish and 30ish still raising sweet little ones - or waiting for them to come. We even had a barely 20 year old - my first precious girl who came through my high school Sunday school class to do one of our 'big girl' studies - I can't even tell you what that meant to me. SO PRECIOUS to have time with her in the Word again. Thank you, Shelby, for being a part. We had some ladies who know more about the Word than I will likely ever learn in my lifetime, so for them to put up with me is an amazing little miracle in itself. That is truly humbling. As is having my older sister who is my hero be a part of the group.

It has been an incredible ride. As part of the study, Beth referenced Ecclesiastes 3:11 - The first part about "He has made everything beautiful in its time." But the verse goes on to say, "He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." I thought the second part of the verse was very appropriate for tonight. Because eternity is set in my heart, it doesn't like goodbyes. Actually avoids them. Not good at them at all...turns into the ugly cry pretty fast. So tonight that is what happened. I struggled with the goodbye of it. How I love feasting on the Bread of Life...and how I hate when the party ends.

The good news? The last part of the verse - we still can't fathom what God is going to do with this investment. And We WILL be doing something else together...Can't wait to see what He has in store for us.


Sara Madalin's Mommy said...

Please tell me about the study. I'm thinking of doing it with my young women's discipleship class.

Lyndsey Newton said...

It honestly breaks my heart that I missed tonight. I feel like I have been left out of something huge...granted it was my own fault...thank you for being you...the study would not be what it was with any other leader...you lead to greatness...and what a blessing you are to so many...you yourself listed the various groups of women you touched...I may have missed tonight, but my heart is blessed to have fallen into one of your categories-Love you girl.

shelby said...

Cindy, you have no idea how much that study.. and you, helped me through everything. I wasnt supposed to be anywhere else... you made me cry.. thank you! lol It's funny that you mentioned THAT verse because thats the one that hit me the hardest.. the one I keep repeating to myself everyday. I love you Cindy, thank you for being a part of my life.