Labor Day weekend 2007 while serving on a retreat in Dahlonega something happened that would change my life forever. There were four us serving on the kitchen team who tried desperately to enter the chapel, so we could witness what God so faithfully does on those weekends and celebrate new found "freedom" with those attending. No matter what we did we could not get into that chapel - little did we know God had other plans for us. We finally resigned ourselves to “missing” it and sat down on the sidewalk. That is when it happened. We began to share with one another and pray for one another, it was an incredible time in the presence of God under a star filled sky on a cool sidewalk. We prayed earnestly and intentionally for all the needs presented by virtual strangers, but God did a knitting together that night that still bonds us today. We cried and then we laughed until we cried. We are all as different as night and day.
I do not know exactly what happened on that sidewalk, but I know my life is better for it. So, we call ourselves the sidewalk sisters. They refer to me as the “glue that holds us all together”, but if the truth be told each of them has held me together more than once over the last year.
God blessed us with an opportunity to be together yesterday for the whole day and well past midnight. We drove to Thomaston, Georgia for a tea party and worship service and it was a blast. It was part of a week long celebration at Pleasant Valley Church to celebrate, ironically, "FREEDOM". We even had an awesome prayer time at the Thomaston Dairy Queen.
Introducing the sidewalk sisters (below each picture is what makes each of them special as said by others in the group):
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. - Charles R. Swindoll
We are not trying to be an exclusive group, but you really did just "have to be there!" - Sidewalk Sisters
GROUP PHOTO AT THE WOODALL HOUSE