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October 27, 2010 ~ The Fellowship of Cheesy Paninis

October 27, 2010

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.  ~ Proverbs 27:9

I think I’m part mouse.  I love cheese!  Any kind of cheese, from the most mild to the absolute stinkiest, strongest flavored variety.  And, yes, I’d scurry across the kitchen floor to snag a chunk of that yellow-gold salty goodness.

The only thing better than cheese is sharing cheese with someone I love. Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to do just that when I met with my Sister-2-Sister prayer partner Lisa.  Sister-2-Sister is the women’s small-group bible study at our church, and each week we are assigned a different prayer partner from among the women of our specific group.  Each prayer partner is uniquely special in her own right, and it is always a privilege and honor to share heart-to-heart with such dear friends and sisters in the Lord.

So yesterday afternoon Lisa and I met for sharing at a little local cafe that serves up yummy comfort food along with a beautiful assortment of cakes, pies, and cookies temptingly encased in a pretty glass display.  Every morsel offered there is hard to resist, especially the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting that’s the best in town.  Lisa and I agreed to share a four-cheese panini because neither of us was terribly hungry.(FOUR cheeses!!!!  My heart beat a little faster just at the thought of it!)

But I digress.  It’s really not about the food.

What it is about is the love in sharing from the heart, whether over a cup of coffee, at the side of a hospital bed, at the funeral of a dear friend or family member, or at a charming cafe sharing an oooey- gooey toasted sandwich.  It’s about having someone there who cares and will pray with you and help you carry a burden or share the great joys of life.  As we shared that delicious sandwich, we each shared our hearts.  It wasn’t heavy or burdensome.  In fact, we traded stories about our dogs – both named Charlie – and the special tricks we’ve taught them to do.  Lisa’s taught her Charlie to “say,” “I love you, mama,” and I’ve taught my Charlie to say, “Thank you.”  Yes, I know it’s not possible for our dogs to  talk (although her Charlie and my Charlie do seem particularly bright.  Just saying.) but that’s not the point.  The point is, we shared time with each other, laughed together, and grew closer.  Before we left the cafe, we each shared the ways that we needed each other to pray for us and for those we love throughout the week.  It was a very special time with a very special friend and sister.

You may not be in a group that assigns a prayer partner to you each week, but I encourage you to open your heart and your life to others who can share, and be witness to your life.  You’ll be so happy with how rich your life becomes, because of the new joys and friendships you’ve welcomed into your heart.  So call someone and start the adventure.

. . . and may I recommend you share a cheesy panini?

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