Today I had lunch with Pastor Les Young from the Living Word Fellowship in Voluntown. He and I have known each other for years. As a matter of fact we met shortly after I came to Norwich. In the late 1980's I met Les, his brother, Gary, their dad and several others who later became a part of the church in Voluntown.
It's funny how these circles grow and develop. Ten years later I was a part of a prayer group with Les that helped me grow in my understanding of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit. Five years later Les and I were part of a group that was praying for our community every week at City Hall.
He is one of the people that God has brought into my life to help me grow. The truth is that we all have people like this. Most of the time we don't fully understand it at the time. Yet they come into our lives and share something very important. They teach us how to be more compassionate, more forgiving, more deeply spiritual Sometimes they don't even know they are doing it. That's the beauty of it.
Like pollen that is carried from one plant to another by bumblebees, these gifts are passed along so that God's work can continue through each of us.