Today we attended service at a church that had experienced breakdown and "family" conflict. They had the wisdom to call upon help and employed a transitional pastor to lead them on a 13 month journey to rediscover who they are in Christ, individually and as a congregation.
He guided them in redreaming and defining their vision. Now the time for release has come. He released a healthy body to fulfill their mission as a church. They released him to another congregation in need of his special skills of healing.
During their year of self-discovery, one of the questions they had to explore was what are people looking for in a church? In his sermon, Pastor made three statements so simple and profound that I had to write them down. I suspect that he was not only addressing the congregation's recent story, but was painting a broader stroke of thought in reflection of last week's ruling from the Supreme Court.
Is there love there?
Is there grace there?
Can I really sit there on the Lord's Day...
and find peace for my soul?
When it's all said and done, isn't that really what we're all looking for?