Our move to the Boston area from Philadelphia, PA afforded us many wonderful adventures. Christ the King had been on our radar for years as we attended Lookout Mountain Pres (TN) when the church sent teams to help clean up, repair and restore the building for this new church plant in Cambridge, MA. (I had recently had twins and was unable to go, but how I wanted to!) When we relocated to the area in 2006, we were delighted to find a thriving, youthful congregation with Rick Downs and John Standridge serving as Pastors.
On one occasion I was asked about my experience with womens’ gatherings in the Christmas season. I retold how much it had meant to me when an “older” woman read a story concerning that season and I find we all like to be read to! This lovely group of younger women came back to me with this message, “You are perhaps the oldest woman in the church….would you do this at our Advent Tea?” Though I was but in my mid-fifties, I delighted in this, felt quite honored to be asked and responded, “Yes!”
Starting when my children were very young, I had purchased a children’s book to open and then read together on Christmas Eve. I treasure those books and keep them on my shelf to be shared with grandchildren and guests. I chose a book from this stash in my years at CTK and as I read, I often fought back tears brought by the story of Emmanuel or by the memories of reading these stories to my four little ones. I remember standing to read and watching the body language of the listeners….getting quiet, relaxed and peaceful…as the daily tasks of school, children, work seemed to melt away as the spoken word and simple story washed over this group of intelligent and beautiful women.
Let me share some of these stories with you.