Sarah and I just returned from the first meeting of a new Life Group we're trying. Life Groups are what our church calls Small Groups. This Life Group is going to meet on Sunday afternoons. It looks like we're going to alternate between the Berryman and Owen homes. I wasn't sure what to expect and I wasn't entirely sure I'd be comfortable. My spiritual state and attitude is pretty lousy and I'm not sure I'm ready for the whole small group thing. But I am open to whatever good may come from this. My hope is that my faith may return to me in some way, shape or form.
I like the approach that Jeff is taking with the group. We are going to watch a movie on the first Sunday of every month and then discuss the spiritual, theological and cultural issues from the movie on the following Sundays of the month. We are going to see how this format pans out. It may need tweaking in the future...it may fall by the wayside replaced by something else. The point is, it's a creative way to engage in spiritual conversation without getting all churchy (which I abhor). I think I'm going to like this. I'm not sure what Sarah is after but the things I'd like to take away from it are a sense of community and family, friendship, and an opportunity for my faith to be restored and grow. For that to be successful, I hope that I can let my guard down and let these people in. I also hope that they can accept me for who I am and love me in spite of myself. And in the end, I hope that I can accept them and love them back.
My fingers are crossed.