Our spiritual journey has always been interesting and has reflected the different seasons of our life.
Our ancestors were an interesting collection of Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist.
My brother, who grew up Methodist, became part of the Charismatic Movement in its early days. He introduced us to a very different way of worshipping.
Both Jay and I grew up in the Methodist Church and began our married life as Methodists. However, as the journey continued, we took the charismatic route through Assembly of God, two different independent churches, a Christian mega church, and eventually back to the Methodist Church again.
We also grew through a variety of small group ministries. We hosted missionaries in our home and learned from them.
We are not “church hoppers.” Each move was preceded by much prayer. Looking back, we can see how God taught us important things in each of the places He led us. We can also see how He allowed us to take His Seeds from one place to another.
Each stop along our way has been filled with joys and sorrows … lessons learned about ourselves and others … more and more of God Himself revealed. We are thankful for every one of them.
Life is designed for change. Growth happens as things change. God refines us as some things are shed and replaced with new thoughts … new experiences.
Sometimes God leads us to stay put and He brings about change both inside and outside us. Sometimes God leads us to move to new places and continues to form us there.
Today, we added another chapter to our church history. After a long season of being at home, studying, praying and exploring on line, we joined The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd.
Their theme is “Love is all!” And that is how we have come to be there. Love literally drew us in.
Now we look forward to living out that call to love those who are already there and to join with them to continue Love’s Call to the world.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7
So we have come to know and to believe The Love that God has for us. God is Love, and whoever abides in Love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 4:16