Letting Go of Church Homelessness #reverb10

Let go.

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

 

Mark and I are idealists, especially when it comes to church.

He comes from a background that takes the Bible very seriously. So when he reads, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:11-12) he expects God’s people, His church, to love. Unfortunately, that is much easier for most churches to preach than to practice.

My experience with church was filled with family, we-share-DNA family. I’ve grown to expect church to feel like “going home”. No one should walk in feeling unloved, unwanted or ignored. For me, church should be a place where you belong, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing” (Psalm 68:6). Again, not something that is found very often.

In the time that Mark and I have been together we’ve had a very difficult time finding a place to call a church home. So difficult, in fact, that I had given up hope. I didn’t think we would ever find a place that took God’s word seriously and showed you a radical kind of love.

Then we ended up at Franklin Tabernacle. God introduced us to our church family and began changing what I had started to believe about His people (that they were hypocrites more interested in acting like His followers than actually being His followers). Through these people God has shown me how to love, pray, seek, serve and worship in ways I have never known.

This year I let go of my church homelessness status.

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6 thoughts on “Letting Go of Church Homelessness #reverb10

  1. ConvertingME says:

    I am very similar to you, most of my early church experiences were at a family church. About 75% of the members were related to me by birth or by marriage.

    I loathe the church that my family attends because the pastor cannot remember my name. My name is very simple but he struggles with it.

    He knows my daughter, Princess. My son, Superhero. My Stepson, my Husband, my in laws everyone but me. So I’m always Princess or Superhero’s Mom or Hubbster’s wife, In Laws’ daughter. If anyone should recognize me for me and not who I’m related to it should be the pastor.

    I continue to look for a church that makes me feel like I’m going home but I struggle.

    I can’t deal with that.

    • Marie says:

      Yeah, I would imagine that’s frustrating, especially when it’s obvious he can remember everyone but you. I hope you find a place to call home soon!

  2. Connie says:

    Wow what a gift to finally find home and not feel lost anymore. Our first church was so much home for me that nothing has been able to come up to my memories of our little church. Girl I am so happy for you and look forward to visiting your church. Glad you Mark and baby marshmallow have a warm and loving place to call home.

    • Marie says:

      Oh, it is a gift. We love it there and I think it’s all the more special because we know that Marshmallow will get to experience a church filled with love right from the beginning. Can’t wait for you guys to come with us 🙂

  3. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    I was going to say that you should try our church. We looked for 6 months or more before finding them. They are so friendly and loving. We just love it there.

    Sounds like you found a great one too! I am really happy that you guys found a church home. 🙂

    • Marie says:

      It’s hard, right? And I love that there are obviously more places that are following Christ’s plan for fellowship and community, makes my heart swell.

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