Today we are going to attend what will likely become our new church home. It is attended by our daughter and son-in-law and his family. They have attended this church through Brad’s entire childhood. That says something to me about both the leadership of the church and the commitment level of Brad’s family.

Churches are messy. They are filled with people like me. I can relate to these people. They are also filled with people unlike me. This requires a little more work … and as an “outspoken introvert” … I’d rather sit in my same spot, at the same church service time … and make a quick exit to the car immediately following service. I have progressed, but not conquered my social inabilities.

Church’s are meant to be filled with people of every color and age. They are meant to be filled with both the spiritually mature, the new convert, the non believer and everything in between. They are meant to be filled with both those who read the Bible and pray … and those who do not. Those who struggle with addictions and those who do not. Friends who utter unnecessary harsh words and friends who walk with you … carrying your cross … through a most difficult time.

Churches are meant to be filled with those whom God loves … man.

God has many plans for his church … one is to make his grace known to the world. He seems to be choosing not to do that with a bunch of perfect people, living together in perfect harmony … but with “unique”, differently “gifted”, differently “challenged”, “sinful” humans like me.

I suppose my ponder … comes from a conviction … that I am called to “get to know” these people … who “all” are actually quite like me … so that I can share grace back and forth with them. #Sunrisesandi#Sandiponders#Church

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