Three years ago today I stepped into the doors. I have been here before but it’s been nearly a decade now. So much of life has happened for me since the last time I was here. We walked down the red carpet and sat in the movie theater style chairs. I looked around and breathed in the familiarity of it all. It was good to be back. Though there was much the same there was also much that was different. A good different.
From the moment I stepped into the sanctuary I felt love wash over me. It wasn’t anything anyone said. It was just the presence that was there. I felt so loved – which was very healing for me at this time. It didn’t take long for me to know I wasn’t just back, I was home.
As I think back on all that has happened in the last three years I’m amazed at how much you can stuff into a small period of time. It seems like so much but it went so fast. The church has changed a lot, I’ve grown and so has my family. Especially in this last year I have met so many wonderful people. I’ve gained some great friends that I’m excited to get to know even better as we walk the same path of knowing the Lord better.
I’m so thankful for the wonderful workers at the church; staff and volunteers. I’m thankful they don’t just see me for me but see who God is making me to be. I’m thankful I come preloved there. I’m thankful to find a spot I enjoy serving in there. I’m thankful for all the opportunities to get together with brothers and sisters in Christ and grow in the Lord there. I’m thankful God is expanding the territory of this church. And I’m so, so thankful for the healing words spoken over this church. A place of refuge, healing, restoration and hope. I’m thankful God has set us in this place, for this time. This is what a church should be. Perfect?…No, and thank the Lord for that. That means I fit right in.
Lord, thank you for my church and my church family.
If you do not have a church home I highly suggest you find one. It doesn’t have to be the one I go to, although you are certainly welcome.