Nancy and I have hosted a New Year’s Eve spade party every year for over a quarter of a century. It is a great party that requires set up and clean up, but very little else. The food preparation is shared by guests and Nancy. The card playing occupies the time spent together. No periods of awkward silence occur as spades are played by all. There is plenty of laughter shared by those who attend. Many of you have been our guests through the years.
Men and women play as partners determined by a drawing as we begin. We usually have three tables. Once we had five. Teams play until a team at one table reaches 250 points. At that time, everyone finishes their current hand and those with the winning scores move up, while those with the losing scores remain at their table and change partners. It sounds more complicated than it is. Usually Nancy fares much better than I do.
Not this year. I didn’t do anything great, but she never won a game. She began at the middle table and stayed at the middle table for four hours. During that time, she had different ones play on her team. I was one of them. None of us were able to conclude a game with the highest score. Nancy continued to smile and deal and bid and laugh and lose. It was just a game, and she didn’t get the cards necessary to win.
It was her party, and she could have cried if she wanted to – but she didn’t. There is a lot more to life than winning. Joy in life comes from healthy relationships and acts of service. Nancy is never more in her element than when she is hosting and serving, even if she is not winning at cards. She has always considered our home to be not only place of refuge but also a place of ministry. No one ever doubts how much you care when you share your home with them – even if they drub you in spades!
The most important noun in the English language is relationship, not victory. Any actions you take to include others in your life will bless them as well as yourself.
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Mark 8:35, Earl
- Sunday’s Sermon – “Stand Up For Jesus” Acts 4:1-22
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- All Church Pulled Pork & Baked Potato Feast is this Sunday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Donations will be accepted for the upcoming Mission Trip to The Dominican Republic
- GriefShare this Sunday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Chicken Strips