Monday, March 10, 2008
We have been having a hard time feeling "at home" in the new church we had been attending. No specific reason other than it didn't feel like the right spot. I was under the impression we were having that feeling because it was new and we were just adjusting to the change.
This feeling started to affect our church attendance, however, which is not productive on many levels. Matthew and I were talking about this problem last weekend and decided try another church to see what we'd feel like. The church we wanted to try out is connected to the preschool we'd like to enroll Anna into next school year. We thought we'd get a feel for the community and check 'er out.
What a difference. As soon as we walked in we knew this is the place for us. It was amazing. We immediately felt a sense of community. I was able to converse with folks, which for an introvert is near miraculous. Seriously. Matthew actually confessed on the way home he was worried about how I'd take all the friendly people and he kept seeing me talking away with ....gasp.... strangers, I was functioning. Woo hoo.
Isaiah expressed his joy before we even left the parking lot and asked if we could go back again. Earlier that morning he was begging us not to go to church. He never said those things, ever, when we lived in Hudson. He always loved going to church and all the functions we'd attend at church. He started to not want to go when we were attempting to make the "new" church a home. This was so sad for me because I want Isaiah to enjoy going. I don't want my children to think of church as a chore.
We were so thankful to have given it one more shot and attempt another church. So glad we did. When I first started attending Faith Community in Hudson, in 1994, I had the same immediate feeling of "home". I was really bummed when I didn't get that at the first church we tried. I was disappointed in myself too, I thought I was being stubborn or unwilling to accept a church home other than Faith.
Please know, however, that the first new church we tried is not at fault for our feelings. I think God was just letting us know we aren't supposed to plop down there. For some reason, we need to be at a different place. I think we found it. Yippee!