DATELINE – WAKE FOREST: May 2nd; on a clear and perfect morning; 65-degrees; the three main downtown streets roped off; every activity imaginable; arts and crafts; music; food trucks; churches; civic organizations; friendly police officers; throw in several thousands of people, all friendly too… What have you got? Meet in the Street – Wake Forest, that’s what.
Is this a cool community or what? Not only great times and great people, but WFPC members all over the place. This town is thick with them.
Even two of the food trucks. Deb Keller’s Cousin’s Maine Lobster, and Rowland Boksleitner’s Sweet Traditions Cupcakes (conveniently parked opposite one another) were owned and operated by folk from WFPC.
But the real point of today’s post is how great it is to live in community. Not just to know people, but to love them, and to know that they love you in return.
Rebekah and I hiked the mile to the Wake Forest town center; we walked around, talking with people and generally enjoying the atmosphere; then we hiked home again, to get ready for a big wedding with more people, more good people who we have come to love.
How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore. – Psalm 133
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.