Guest post by Michelle McLaughlin
A table was laid out with sundae dishes and a variety of sundae toppings to choose from. Paper ice cream cones dangled from the ceiling. Pots of fresh mint from Joan McCutcheon’s garden decorated the centre of the tables. The room buzzed with ladies gathered together enjoying make-your-own ice cream sundaes and waiting to listen to the words Ruth Shelley had to share.
This event was reminiscent for me of one year earlier when a group of ladies had gathered in this same space enjoying our first Ladies Social event which involved strawberries, hats and listening to a dear lady share her story with us. I remember the excitement I felt when I had first saw the poster advertising the Ladies Strawberry Social. The idea of an evening of just ladies met a need in my life that I hadn’t quite realized I needed. Seeing the roomful of ladies that attended that first event confirmed in my mind what a blessing the evening was going to be. And so, one year and 10 events later, we joined together again to share a sweet ice cream treat, chat, laugh and listen to what God wanted to share with us.
Ruth began by relating stories of her association of ice cream with the gathering of her family on Sunday evenings while she grew up. It later became part of a tradition with her seven children. She referenced how memories are made and relationships are built over the sharing of such a delicious treat. The media even uses it in movies and tv shows as a source of comfort in times of trouble. She then wisely led us into God’s word to Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!” She shared with us how she has tasted God’s goodness when she turned to Him and His word in the midst of problems she has faced in her life. She encouraged us all to seek the Lord when we need comfort.
I went this June evening expecting to enjoy a sweet treat and the company of lovely ladies. I was reminded that while it is good to enjoy the pleasures life offers us of sweet fellowship, eating decadently now and then and even an evening away from the usual routine, there is nothing that compares with the sweetness of the Lord when we lean on Him.