*Picture and writing by Luzana Flores
Jim and Jo Ellen Holbrook have been running “Pillow Parties” with Highland Community Church to bring people together. Jim cooks a meal, and Jo Ellen teaches everyone how to make something, usually a pillow, so they leave with a sense of fulfillment. A lot of people that attend Highland have had a really rough time growing up, so it’s nice for them to have something tangible to show that they are capable of creating something they are proud of. I ran into them on the RiverWalk and Jo Ellen immediately asks me where I’ve been. I was crazy enough to tell her that I’ve been trying to organize myself.
She just smiled at me and said, “The enemy keeps you away from the people that love you by making you think you have to work on yourself to be worth their time.” I melted a little bit.