Every Wednesday morning a hardy group gathers at Valhalla Restaurant for Bible study and breakfast. I miss being the “baby” of the group by just a couple of weeks, although I am the newest attendee. While the Lectionary for the week provides the readings and the framework of the conversation, our discussions sometimes wander far afield. It is this wandering, I think, that brings depth to our thought processes and gives us space to bring up issues and ideas that really matter to us personally.

Our schedules get so busy during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that we are going on hiatus until after the New Year. I will miss my study buddies.