I went to the Bribie Shed last night. I picked up Gary and Allan and had a great shed chat for the 50 minute drive there. I walked into the Footy Clubhouse filled with 60 other champions - an atmosphere of blokie joyful noise. It felt good.
Noel and Aaron were about to blast off with the first chat when I looked over and saw my step-brother there. Wow, how did he come to be here? He lives at Glasshouse Mountains, has never been to a shed night and came along on his own. Grant and I became brothers 50 years ago when my widowed father married Grant's widowed mother which resulted is six kids still in grief trying to become a new family. Although Grant and I don't see each other very often we do get on well.
I caught up with Grant recently because his Mum (my step-mother) wanted a few copies of my book for some of her friends who live in the Bribie Island Church of Christ Aged Care Centre. I had asked Grant to carefully check out what I'd written in the book regarding his mother as I had included the good, bad, happy and sad, and I didn't want to offend her.
Anyway, in the conversation over the book I casually asked Grant "So how was it for you when your Mum said she was marrying my Dad" and he replied "Not very ...... good". So that got me thinking some more.
You know how we can get tied up in our own little world and rarely look at those around us and consider how it may have been for them. No it was all about poor me!
Well, there's more. Grant's sister also has her side of the story and has lived with her reactions to the marriage that she resented all those years ago.
Grant has been thinking lots since our first get together over the Champion's Book and has been encouraging his sister to meet with the two of us for a chat. Up til now he's never spoken with her about this big mess. Grant also said he has more stories for my next book! (I didn't know I was going to write one)
Wow, I didn't know that out of this my step-brother and step-sister may also get some healing from long and deep heart pains that they didn't deserve - you know what I mean?
So back to the Bribie Shed ..
Grant went to visit his Mum as he does each week and she gave him a flyer advertising the Bribie Shed that had been left at the Aged Care Centre. She had picked it up thinking I was the one who left it there. No, not me! I didn't make it to the last Bribie Shed night and I didn't deliver the flyer to her. So this was the opportunity for Grant to mark his calendar booking 2 weeks in advance so he could get to the Bribie Shed and meet me. Wow, good luck or fluke? No way, no such thing. God's destiny - meant to happen. That's what Shed's all about - a safe place where men's hearts are safe to open up. I'll keep you informed on the next happenings.
So how is it for you? Have you been on the receiving end of a mixed up family? Do you need to let God do a heart job on you?
God will if you ask him to.
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