What an awesome meeting we had!  This was the first week with Ashley, our new babysitter, and I must say that it was wonderful to have a couple of hours without lovely noises of the children.  God has truly given us a blessing!

We shared a dinner of chicken and dumplings, chicken celery chowder, and cinnamon rolls in the dining room and began checking in with each other.  Checking in was doubly awesome this week because Aaron and Rebekah Warren were back this week!  It was great to catch up.

When we settled into the living room, we finished checking in and then I (Bonnie) shared the first part of Luke 18, the parable of the persistent widow.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.  “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people.  A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’  The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,  but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.  Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (NLT)

Many discussions sprang from this teaching, including the oft-overlooked third member of the story (the enemy) without whom the widow would not be asking for anything.  Watchman Nee discussed this at length in Let us Pray. Also discussed was the idea of praying thoroughly for something.  The woman did not stop asking the judge to grant her justice until it was done.  And thirdly, we discussed how in previous reads of this parable, we saw God as the unjust judge, and we thought that we had to wheedle things out of him to make them come to pass.  This is not so.  Jesus said that even this unjust judge gave her what she asked for.  How much more and how much more quickly will your Father in heaven?

We talked some about listening to God and how hard it is sometimes to distinguish our own thoughts from His voice.  This somehow led to a discussion about the Lord’s Prayer and how powerful it is in its simplicity.

After this, we prayed for Les’s band for a while and then dispersed.