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The Power of Small Groups

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

The Winnie-the-Pooh stories have been favorite nighttime reading in our house since my kids were old enough to listen quietly. In one story, Pooh and Piglet follow Rabbit up into the wood and they all get lost in the dense bracken. They keep making big circles, getting nowhere, with Rabbit refusing to admit to being worried, forging ahead, and periodically exclaiming loudly to know exactly where they are and that everything is fine. 

Eventually, Pooh says that maybe they should stop trying to find their way home as, perhaps, in not trying, they might actually find it. But Rabbit is unconvinced and, saying how foolish Pooh is, he goes off on his own. 

When Pooh and Piglet are alone, Pooh says, “Now then, Piglet, let’s go home.”


“But, Pooh,” cried Piglet, all excited, “do you know the way?”


“No,” said Pooh. “But there are twelve pots of honey in my cupboard, and they’ve been calling to me for hours. I couldn't hear them properly before, because Rabbit would talk, but if nobody says anything except those twelve pots, I think, Piglet, I shall know where they are calling from.”

And then they quietly make their way back home.


This week, listening and sharing with you all in the small groups, the start of which has felt like stars blinking on in the darkness of the night sky, I have been thinking about all of the impossible situations in which we find ourselves.


Some of us are dealing with irreparable tears in the fabric our families and wondering if and how we will ever be reconciled. Some of us are dealing with loved ones waiting in detention or in other countries and it feels like an impossibility that we will be reunited. Some of us are completely overwhelmed by this puzzle of parenting-teaching-working during the pandemic and have no idea what to do about sending kids back to school. Some of us are carrying burdens from our past and it seems like we will never be free from under their weight. Some of us are thinking with dread about the election and the future of our country in the face of so many challenges.