What Would They Say?

One by one. Each woman in the room took her turn exposing her own heart to the woman whom we all had come to celebrate. Each story building on the one before it; extended tales of personal impact and life changing moments.  There was no set number to the years gathered around the long clothed table with its beautifully discreet cake centerpiece. Today, she was turning 50 and without hesitation we all wanted to be a part of her life milestone.Heart in rocks

Our friend sat in our mist with her humble demeanor, gracious tone and quiet strength. We laughed back as far as we could remember, sharing the all-inclusive 27 years. Reminiscing of the days when her conduct was a bit more abrupt, her words laced with scold and her strength delivered with brute.  Her closest friends sharing of the days they first met, and how neither of them had any idea of all the peaks and valleys God had in store.

This time together was more than a celebration of our friend. This time together turned out to be a countless recalling of a God who had been more than gracious throughout the years.  I walked away from the evening loving and admiring her more than I had when I arrived. Her friendship and her disposition had been confirmed through the words of others.  I also walked away from the evening with a new wonder. A new what if…  I wondered – – what if….What if all the women I knew, all the ladies I had come in contact with, every woman who has gotten to know me over the years and all those who watched me from a far, took the time to gather around a table and share, one by one. Telling of my character, talking of my conduct, and exposing me from the inside out?

 What would they say?!?

 “Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quit spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” ~ 1Peter 3:3

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 Hope to see you all at the next TimeOut gathering on May 31st and I also look forward to seeing you at our Annual Breakfast – Saturday-July 13th 2013!

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