Tag: Contemplative Corner

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros

September 29, 2018: the first day of The Bloom’s existence. David and I stood in front of our booth at the Pear Festival, handing out business cards and sharing our idea with the thousands of people passing by. During a lull in the crowd, a woman with short hair, coffee-with-cream eyes, and a compelling presence walked up to me.

“It’s all good news, nothing bad,” I heard myself say for the hundredth time. “It’s all about the best part of living in Lake County.” My memorized speech rolled off my tongue.

“I’m Reverend Priya,” she replied, holding out her hand for me to shake. I smiled and continued my spiel.

But this time was different. I felt a real connection with this woman, like she truly cared not only about what I said, but also about me and who I was as a person. Before I knew it, we were no longer talking about the paper, but about humanity and the fact that we have more in common than not. We chatted about how faith, love and community not only bind us together, but also bring out the best in who we are.

“Now I know why I came today,” Rev. Priya said as our conversation wound down. “I was destined to meet you.”

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