Some of you might read the title and think, “Ye-e-e-e-ess? And so? We did, too. What is newsworthy about that?”
And some of you may have been surprised, and wondered what has changed, that our family would have gone to church!
I haven’t said much about this here on Verity’s blog. But basically…
We spent our first sixteen years as a pastor’s family. The more of those years that went by, the more we longed to find out what would happen if we would just strip churchiness away and only do what we found in the New Testament. Not because churchiness is evil, but because we saw it getting in the way more than helping.
God gave us over two years of opportunity to attempt that as a home fellowship. We loved it for so many reasons. One little side benefit was that it helped us start to get the churchiness out of our systems. Then various circumstances among the group–a move, health and other concerns–gradually gave us clues that God was closing that door.
This weekend, the time was right. The decision was made to close that door and open the next.
I felt some pangs of sadness and disappointment, but God brought to mind what I have taught all our children when they were very small, if they cried for more dessert once theirs was gone. The proper response to a good gift is to say, “Thank you.” No discontented begging and whining. Just a satisfied and grateful heart. That reminder rebuked me! So I say “Thank You, Lord.” What a privilege to have spent those twenty-eight months breaking bread from house to house, in gladness and simplicity of heart.
If God had never opened that door to begin with, we knew which local group of believers we would commit to. We had spent some time with them in the past, and already knew that we held many, many beliefs in common, especially about theology, the body of Christ, and the family. This week, we purposed as a family that we would not approach this new group of believers with critical expectations, and we would approach them with intent to commit to relationships for the long term. In other words, they didn’t know it when we walked in the doors this morning, but we were there to stay!
This afternoon, talking together on the way home from spending a good part of the day with our new church family, it was unanimous. HURRAY!
So no, we don’t have eyes to see all the reasons that God has led our family this way at this time. But we are confident that He has, and we are glad.