So, this week I had the opportunity to attend a women's Christmas banquet hosted by the First Baptist Church in Potosi. I don't usually attend functions like that, when I know there will be large crowds of people I don't know. I guess it's just the shy girl in me. But, I was going with several good friends and I thought I'd give it a shot.
And what a wonderful evening it turned out to be! The women of FBC went all out. From the beautifully decorated tables to the thoughtful gifts to the delicious catering, they made every effort to ensure every woman felt special and appreciated. And it worked. Or at least, it did for me.
One of the highlights of the evening was their key speaker, Jaclyn Rowe. Now, I don't know if she is aware of it, but I've known of Jaclyn for most of my life. Her sister, Jessica, and I were in the same third grade class, and then had REACH together in 4th grade. Their mother also happened to be my 4th grade teacher, and I remember Jaclyn coming by her mother's classroom every now and then. So, while I've never known Jaclyn on a personal level, I was always aware of who she was. In fact, I remember thinking she was adorable.
Fast forward fifteen, and Jaclyn's grown into a notable speaker in our area. I've had the chance to sit under her in an elementary school assembly, but this was the first time I was able to hear her in a church setting. And it was well worth the time. Here was the beautiful, vibrant young woman speaking with passion and caring--and a dash of humor--about two of my favorite topics: Jesus and Christmas.
My favorite part of her presentation was when she spoke about people looking for anchors. I know from experience how true this can be. So many people look for something they can grab onto: their mate, their children, a career, etc. But, those anchors can shift. They change, and as Jaclyn brought out, they can betray us.
But Jesus doesn't change. He doesn't move or falter, even in the worst of storms. He stands at the ready, waiting for us to tire of groping in the darkness on our own. He will speak life and light into our spirits, and it's only then that we will truly experience the true joy of Christmas or the fullness that He has for our everyday lives.
So, to Jaclyn and the ladies of First Baptist Church, thank you. Thank you for reminding us of the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this evening. Thank you for blessing the local women of this area with your kindness and generosity. I pray you will be blessed in the same way this holiday season. And may you find peace and security...
In His Grip!