Moore Family to Portugal

Moore Family to Portugal

Happy Tuesday.

We are grateful we were able to help organize a ladies’ tea for some Lisbon area churches. We started our planning IN FAITH several months ago while we were still in a COVID lockdown, with a computer screen divided into six little squares on a zoom call. We chose a theme, divided up responsibilities and discussed logistics.  Since our theme was from Psalm 40:2, “he set my feet on a rock and established my steps” and we estimated we would need to decorate 10 tables on a limited budget, I drug the whole family to the beach to collect rocks, sand, and seashells. As the different churches began confirming how many would be coming from each church, the numbers were trickling in. About 10:30 the night before the event, I received a message confirming over 120 guests, and 17 tables.  “Oh no! I only have decorations for 10 tables! Where am I going to get stuff for seven more at this hour??” I recalled a planter in front of one of the buildings in our neighborhood with just the right size/look of rocks and I needed to borrow some!! To some, it may seem harmless to go pick up seven rocks, then return them the next day. However, our “urbanization” as they call it, has a Facebook page, and people love to pass judgment on the Facebook page. At one point during covid, we even had someone take a picture of our family from their window as we were outside kicking a ball with the kids. Over 150 comments followed of how we were irresponsible, selfish, didn’t care about people’s health, etc etc. even though we were completely within the regulations and weren’t in contact with anyone else. A neighbor was photographed for walking her dog “too often.” It was someone’s opinion she was just taking advantage of having to take her dog out and was walking it more than was necessary. A car broke down on our road once, and immediately, a bunch of photos and comments went up about how inconsiderate the person was who had parked in the middle of the road and simply put on their hazards as if it was ok (that scenario actually happens quite frequently). Of course, there was no grand apology when a tow truck came and took it away and their facebook post had not told the correct version of the story. And there is always SOMEONE watching. There are 32 apartments in JUST our building… and there are always people on their porches watering their plants, smoking, talking on the phone, hanging their laundry, or literally looking for neighborhood infractions to report. Anyhow, I say all of this to say that we COULD NOT BE PHOTOGRAPHED “borrowing” rocks from a neighborhood planter. I sent Beau out with grocery sacks in hand, at 11 p.m. to gather seven rocks in stealth mode. Since he has not appeared in any hateful posts, we think we were successful. We then soaked the price stickers off of glass bowls in the bathtub, then bathed 17 rocks in the bathtub, and wrapped them in wire to hold up the theme verse. As we collapsed into bed well after midnight, I thanked him for saving the day and said, “I guess you never know what a pastor is having to do behind the scenes to make things happen.” The tea went really well, and without any unnecessary delay, I dropped the borrowed rocks back off on my way home. Have a great week, and try not to break any laws serving the Lord this week – at least don’t get caught! 😅


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