As regular readers now, last spring after 10 years at our church, we made the difficult decision to leave. I haven't spoken about it much, and I won't, but we needed to make a change for our children's sake. There are no families left at our former church.
We started visiting churches and settled in at one for a few months, that we really liked, but it was a bit of a drive and most of the members lived in a neighboring state. Yes, Maryland. So we realized we were going to have to look for a church closer to home, where we could be a part of the church community.
We started attending a church that friends of ours have been a part of for years. In fact, they've moved farther away, but still drive down for church.
We really like it. It's warm and welcoming. People have been friendly, the pastor took us to breakfast, a couple reached out and invited us to their small group. A lady I met two weeks ago, emailed me this week, and invited me to a lunch at her house that she's hosting for friends.
Its been a balm for my heart, I must say.
I'm used to being the one inviting and hosting, so it feels different to be on the guest end, but I am delighted and pleased.
Last night we went to small group, and it was really nice. We studied chapter two in Ephesians, focusing on verses 11-22.
It's so great to be reminded that Jesus through His death, tore down the wall of separation - that kept us from being in God's family. I'm so grateful for this truth!
It takes time to build relationships, but we've made a start, and I am grateful for that, too!