Learning, Laughing & Loving: Sharing Life with a Clergy Family

Written by Lyn

We love because He first loved us 1 John 4:19

The story I’d like to share with you began in the early 90’s. We’d moved our family up into the hills east of Melbourne. Much prayer had gone into this decision including my own heart’s desire for my husband to come to
a belief & faith in Christ. A teaching at our local church 4 months after moving resonated with him and joyfully he became a believer.

Several months later, a new curate and his family joined our church to initiate a young adult’s service & program. We felt a calling to join them (despite not being within that age group!). We initially invited them for an afternoon tea, a chance for our young daughters to establish a friendship whilst we did the same over coffee and scones!

Our Sundays shortly after were spent at a different site, with amazing teaching (especially important for my new Christian hubby) and fabulous friendship and fellowship. Learning and laughing are my predominant memories! Our children remember many antics occurring...

A bond developed between our families and we shared the joys and struggles of parenting, health challenges and just doing life together for many many years. Truly a God provision for us as we grew our faith and saw our children find theirs.

Many years later we found ourselves in a small group that included many of those young adults – now grown and with young families of their own. We were going through a difficult time and we were blessed by these fellow Christians. And I think we were to them also.

Our friendship with this minister and his family has continued throughout our lives and most importantly, we have been able to pray for each other throughout life’s trials and blessings. We continue to constantly give thanks for the blessing of this friendship and although we no longer worship together we continue to keep in touch and celebrate now
the birth of grandchildren and the joys and heartaches of our lives as
we age.

In all, we have learnt that He (our Father God) has our needs in His
heart and will always be looking to meet our needs even when we may
not have identified them for ourselves. Trust Him, wait upon Him, 
Be patient & always remember YOU are loved by our divine 
God. He will always care for you.