This is a guy in my cohort and his wife, at their house last night. Our cohort had a prayer retreat a couple Saturdays ago and in my small group, despite my best efforts to the contrary, I ended up venting out some worries I was carrying. Tyson came up to me on Monday. "So... I hope you don't mind... but I told my wife some about what you're thinking. And... she's a really great resource. She said she'd love it if you wanted to come over and talk to her any time..."
Sooo... last night I did. I went and perched in their living room and felt self-conscious for about three seconds but it went away in their genuineness and warmth and as I laughed with them at their three beautiful kids running around the living room. Then Tyson put them to bed and Jesi asked me awesome questions and shared good thoughts and was empathetic and wise and prayerful and helpful. And I left feeling encouraged and cared for... and a little bit more able to trust God.
And not only did they reach out to me, listen to me, not judge me, and share their hearts and home:
we had banana splits.
.grateful... for a lot.