Schaller Family News
"I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it." 1 Corinthians 3:2
Since Milo’s passing, Mauricette has had terrible insomnia. She decided to clean out every nook and cranny of her home. Now she’s done cleaning, working full-time again, and she feels reclusive socially. Our interactions have been riddled with miscommunications and practicing grace. God can use all of it.
Recently we invited her for dinner with our friends, the Didiers. She wanted to make an appetizer and asked, “so there will be six adults?” Tara reluctantly said, “Five.” “Oh! Five,” Mauricette sighed. “This will take some getting used to.” During the dinner, we had an excellent conversation about where she’s at with God. She feels lost. She wants to “hop on a train or have a guide” to learn about Jesus. In the past, she had always cancelled her plans to come to church or do Bible study with Tara. She teared up a bit as she said, “Now that Milo’s gone, I feel free to do these things.” But she noted that Milo never had a problem with her reading the Bible. He just didn’t want to go.
Marie-Carmen gently invited her to church again. “Church! That’s your train!” Tara said a bit excitedly as she wrestled Tessa’s pajamas on.
That Sunday, Mauricette hopped in our car and came to church. The message was about milk versus solid food, and it was very applicable. She said she really enjoyed the message, the community, and the music, but she didn’t think she’d come again. “Why?” we asked, of course. “Well, the room was too cold, too big, and plain white. Also the first woman who spoke was too quiet. Plus, people didn’t seem to take it seriously. Where is the faith? People came in late, were looking at their phones, and there was always movement in the back.”
Maybe she just needed an excuse to distance herself. Grieving is hard. She later told Tara that she prefers a more intimate setting to talk about Jesus. Tara mentioned a couple Bible studies with women Mauricette already knows, one of which is a beginners group. “No, no, no,” she said. “I can’t commit to a structure like that. I just want to study the Bible when it feels right to me.” Tara asked, “Do you want my help with that? If so, how can we meet together without it feeling like a schedule?” Her solution was: “Let’s keep doing tea time where you invite me and one other lady. I like that.”
So that’s what we are doing. Mauricette and Nathalie planned for a Wednesday (the kids are home in the afternoon on Wednesdays). Tara was asked to host. “Is it okay if my three kids are there, too?” “Of course,” Mauricette said, “last time, they were no problem.” Well, this time, it was just chaos. We did not get to do any Bible study. But we did get to talk (over the children). Mauricette says she definitely wants to come to our church Christmas party. She might invite her friend who is also a recent widow. Lastly, she told us that she’s starting to read through the New Testament. She loves the little Bible we gave her. “That one I can do,” she says. Currently, she’s reading the book of John. Your prayers are definitely at work! Thank you!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa