I was reminded again this past weekend of the diversity in the group of us. Jules (all the way on the left) is a farmers daughter and still attends the same United Methodist Church where she grew up. Jess is a military brat who moved around alot growing up and while she attended Nazarene churches most of her life she now attends a non-denominational church (the same one that I attend). I started out Catholic (since thats what both my parents grew up as), but we ended up trying out a few churches including a Baptist and settled on the non-denominational church where I've been going for about 15 years or so (but that my parents no longer attend). Cindy grew up Menonite and has been teaching preschool in an English Emersion school in Lima, Peru for the last year and was attending a non-denominational English speaking church there (I think it was non-denominational). Wow... God is not exclusive to certain denominations and neither are we.
We are an interesting group. We're silly and insane. We're serious and supportive. We are the kind of friends that are not afraid to call eachother out when one of us does something stupid or wrong. We have been through alot with eachother. This weekend we were together to support Julie as she was dealing with the passing of her grandmother. We attended the funeral together. Its such a blessing to all of us that we can be there to support one another during hard times. I am so thankful that God brought us all together and has sustained our friendships. We share a love for our Lord and through that we can be better friends to one another. Even through trials and tribulations God is good.