“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Mexican Train

by Macy Johnson

“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness;

and to goodness, knowledge.”

(2 Peter 1:5 NIV)


I was seated at a large round table in the youth’s fellowship hall of our church. Friends, young and old, were gathered that Wednesday afternoon to play dominoes. It was a fun, relaxing time to make new friends and maintain lasting relationships.

Theresa reached into her bag and handed me a pink, glittered, miniature train. She said, “It must have slipped off the table into my purse a few weeks ago.” I laughed because I did not realize the token was missing. A collection of brightly colored trains, along with marked pennies were part of my double-twelves dominoes set.


Mexican Train Dominoes is a new pastime for me. The first time I joined the group that met every week, I was overwhelmed by rules and mixed emotions. I had played dominoes with family and friends in the past, but never on a routine basis and never using this version of the game. A new adventure for me has begun!


Oswald Chambers wrote, “Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration.” It is good to look forward to activities like a game of cards or dominoes with friends on a routine basis. Dominoes is easy on the brain and I like being able to just appear: no appointment or sign up required. If a doctor’s appointment is scheduled and I cannot play, no one seems to mind. The number of tables needed can be easily adjusted to the number of players. Everyone is welcomed and warmly included. We enjoy the fellowship and Spirit’s movement within our small group.


I will make every effort to encourage others to add to their faith goodness and include others in the kingdom of God as we seek His face. I hope you will, too! 

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