Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not you mother's CoC!

I am so proud to be a part of Reidland Church of Christ. Sometimes when people ask where we go to church, I hesitate because Church of Christ carries so many connotations: we're the only ones going, we're a cult or we look down on other "religions." I usually say, "but we're different" just to smooth over the look or thought that I know is going through the questioner's mind.

Our congregation IS different and I am proud of it! We have embraced the other churches in our community and they have done the same for us. We participate in the Thanksgiving services and this year we participated in the Easter Sunrise Service at Reidland Methodist. We were also encouraged to observe Lent this year. How cool is that? How many of our forefathers and mothers are rolling in their graves at the idea of these things? For that matter, what about the other CoC in the area? I would venture to say that they don't know what they're missing!

Sure there are differences in how we do things but we love the same Lord. We don't have to agree on every point to worship Him together. We don't have to be Catholic to observe Lent - it's the idea and purpose of Lent that we wanted to partake in. Surrender is what we called it. I just kept in mind that I would be letting God down if I didn't follow through. It started that dialog of "help me Lord...I can't do this without you."

There is freedom in the acceptance of other religions. What can we learn from them? How can this enrich our worship experience? I think these last few years of joining the Reidland community has already changed us for the better and I pray we continue to grow!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Falling down on the job

I guess if I am going to blog, I should be more attentive to it, huh?!? Darin made such fun of me for "blogging" when there's 1000 other things to do that I guess I got a little embarrassed and quit. That'll show him! Anyway, in the last 2 weeks, he's been setting up his facebook page and has been communicating with high school friends. So, I am back!

I didn't vote for Obama. I am a republican - much to the dismay of my mother and other family members. I don't truly believe that he can do all the things that he says he can because he is not the sole decision maker. And, I am a bit afraid of some of the social changes that he might make. Politicians are politicians after all.

All that said, I do pray for him. I cannot imagine the stress that comes with the job. Would any of us have wanted to be in President Bush's place on 9/11? I pray that he makes good decisions for our country. I pray for his safety and his family's. How awful would that be if someone were to harm him? He has a tough job and like he said today during his speech, we all have to do our individual parts to help our country get back up and move forward. God bless America!!!