Sunday, July 05, 2009

Returning to Church

Some of you have read my story of non-ordination and the ensuing 20 years of ministry, and some of you know that I have not been a church-goer much less a participant in several years.

Today I attended a small church in Jacksonville, NC, and felt as if I entered a place of blessing. One Sunday, one communion, but a changed attitude. I remember singing, "Just as I am......." ad infinitum in the Baptist Church, but always being moved by the simplicity of its message. The simplicity of getting in the car and driving to this church, walking in the door, and participating in the liturgy made me feel as if I had never been away.

God and I have been getting along rather well, but I suspect a new ministry is going to present itself to me soon. I've been having dreams of being in the wrong place but having to bide my time for the right place.

So, Baptist or otherwise, I continue to sing "Just as I am...." and "here I am, Lord"
and, if I can only touch the hem of the garment....

4 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Sharecropper, how lovely. I pray that you continue "getting in the car and driving to this church, walking in the door, and participating in the liturgy" in the same grace-filled way.

shallotpeel DonnaB said...

Hey, Sister Lady! I have been dreaming about "Just As I Am" and how beautiful the song is but how it can be ruined by the way it is used in some churches, denominations, etc. Weird, huh?

PseudoPiskie said...

I hope you have found a church home - finally!

Diane said...

amen!