Christmas this year was very different from years past, many 'firsts' (possibly to become traditions)...
December 24 I cooked my first ever turkey and all 5 of us that ate it survived (always a good thing), and now I have leftovers for a really long time. I also just finished making some of it into a very delicious soup. mmm.
December 25 I had the privilege of volunteering at Wesley Urban Ministries (Wesley) for Christmas 'dinner' (read: lunch). When I walk into Wesley it's like walking into another world, a world I am both honoured and slightly anxious to be part of. Wesley is considered to be the shelter in Hamilton that serves the roughest of clientele (which conveniently I found out AFTER I became a volunteer, ... life's funny that way). For the most part the people that come to Wesley are people who have had a rough go of life, for whatever reason-usually though, the culprit is poverty. I'm realizing how true the cycle of poverty is, and how incredibly (and wrongfully) difficult it is to break.
After serving Christmas dinner I went to Shannon's parents house in Caledonia for another turkey dinner, mmm! It was great to hang out with the Higson's (sadly without a Meagan, though), playing many games, relaxing and enjoying each other's company. I think a few more attempts to teach me Euchre by Shannon or the Ross', I might actually catch on :)
Christmas will continue tomorrow at Laura's (the co-worker) for their 'lost souls' Christmas-a place for those of us who don't really have a place. It sounds depressing, but it should be good, or at the very least, an interesting time. Laura is about the furthest from a believer one can get (she grew up in the church and has rejected it) and she's a feminist. I love Jesus and I'm definitely not a feminist-not in the 'typical' sense of the word anyways. I believe in women's equal rights, but I still believe that the man is to be the head of the house and, as unpopular as it is to believe in Ephesians 5:22-33, I do.
Then there's still the issue of doing a Christmas party with church friends-which should have been organized by now, but hasn't been *sigh*.
Many much Christmas happenings. Oh right, and the fact that I haven't finished
sending, heck, I haven't even finished WRITING all my Christmas cards.
I have a really random story to share. Please, take a seat...
About a year ago a guy (Branco) I went to school with at Mohawk randomly added a girl (Michelle) on Facebook (we still don't know why). A couple days later I received a facebook message from Michelle saying:
"Hey you don't me but I found you when Branco M found me and I just have to say that I have never heard about anyone with so many similarlities as I have, I was checking out your proflie, your Christianity caught my attention!!!!....... I just think that's AWESOME!!! newsboys rock and I one of favorite movies is a walk to remeber!!!"
So for a couple of months Michelle and I messaged back and forth until it eventually petered out and over the last year I've looked at my growing list of 'friends' on facebook thinking I needed to cut it down and for whatever reason I just kept Michelle on my list, although I didn't know her AT ALL and we hadn't talked in a really long time...
Yesterday at Wesley Centre a girl about my age was leaned over a garbage can scraping leftovers and she leaned back and said "hey do you go to Mohawk?" I said "well, uh, I did, but I've graduated" and she says "and you go to Church on the Rock, right?" and almost instantaneously we both exclaim "NIKI!" "MICHELLE!" and we burst into a fit of giggles when we realize that we've been serving dinner together not realizing that a year ago we had met on facebook through really odd circumstances.
My life is ridiculously weird. But I wouldn't have it any other way!