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Attending the North Carolina Baptist Women in Ministry and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meetings in Asheville reminded me why it’s important to have such meetings.

We need to do business occasionally, and that went well. We like to worship together, and all three services I attended were well done. We like to learn together, and there were more ministry workshops available than you could shake a stick at.

But I don’t think any of those are the most important reason we keep meeting like this.

That reason, I think, is that we are family, of a sort, and each meeting is like a family reunion. We have our odd uncles and cousins, of course, but we also have so many siblings and parents-in-the-faith whom we don’t get to see often enough. Meetings like this, while offering much in the way of educational content and spiritual uplift, also provide the rare opportunity to connect with folks who touch our lives in important ways.

For that, on this day, I am thankful.

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