It’s funny these days, how people you’ve never met in person can become dear friends through spaces like Voxer and Facebook. Instagram breeds in us, a familiarity for others because we’ve seen their bedroom, or their children at play, their closet, or their front door. As weird as it is, it’s also the world we live in. This is how many of us find community. Six years ago, I met a woman who would become one of my dearest local friends, on twitter. We have been regulars in each others lives and homes since that first meet-up at a local park. We have shared more conversations around our tables than I can count.
The Turquoise Table
Three years ago, I met another friend, Kristin Schell, through her blog and her incredible recipes. She introduced me to Brussell sprouts and they became an instant staple in my fridge all because of her recipe. Kristin was one of the very first people I shared the idea for GraceTable with. She cheered me on while I rattled off ideas for this space, and then for a season, she joined the writing team here. She was already living the heart of GraceTable in her real life when I met her.
Kristin’s passion for meeting her neighbors inspires me every day. Her hospitality story has turned into a movement, all because she said “yes” when God prompted her to do something that at the time, seemed crazy. This week, Kristin launched her new website, and her story will soon be available to hold in my hands in what promises to be an inspirational read. Kristin’s turquoise table set there in her front yard is a permanent invitation to the lonely, to the hurting, to those who just want to sit, or chat, or feel like they matter to someone. This constant invitation reminds me of Jesus’ hospitality–the way God is always making room for us to come and be with Him.
I don’t remember how I was first introduced to Sarah. Somewhere online, I bumped into her and started following what she was doing with her “love mission”, Neighbor’s Table, and I was immediately smitten with her heart for gathering people around her table, and inspiring them to gather around their own Neighbor’s table. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Sarah at a conference, and she was as delightful and generous in person as she is online. She literally radiates joy.
Sarah’s love mission includes her father. They accumulate orders for these gorgeous backyard tables, her father, Lee, builds the tables and once they are all ready for shipping, they travel around the U.S. and deliver them.
What an incredible thing.
Today is International Women’s Day. I can’t think of any better way to acknowledge this day, than to highlight just a couple of women who are out there LIVING love.
You have a place that God has called you to. You have a way of reaching out and welcoming others, whether it’s online, or around your actual table. We want to know, what’s your love mission?
Tell us what that looks like for you. We want to celebrate what you are doing, and what god is doing through you.