One of the most important things about our home is our faith. One of the ways that faith manifests itself is through involvement in a local church. But sometimes there's a disconnect between what we want home to be and what home really is.
I remember one year, back when our kids were small, when we didn't have a church family at all. We worshipped together at home, just the five of us. We were homeschooling at the time, and for a year we were also "home churching." It wasn't the best of circumstances--not something I'd recommend--but God was very kind to us that year as we did our best to honor Him.
For awhile, last year was a tough time, too. We were part of a small group of friends who wanted to start a new church, but it was a rough road at the beginning. Eastertime last year was particularly hard. We had a sweet sunrise service at a local conference center, but Easter Sunday seems to call forth a longing for a special service, with lots of people celebrating together.
Fast forward to this year. Our little church plant is putting down some roots. We're meeting in the gym of an elementary school, so we're not very fancy. But Easter Sunday--oh! What a glorious time we had together! No matter that we were housed within cinder block walls, with basketball hoops overhead. We were celebrating together, and there were nearly 200 of us. I got to decorate the altar table:
See? My homemade Easter candles got used one more time.
One of my sons read the morning's scripture. Another of my sons helped to hide eggs for the preschoolers. My husband baked a ham for the fellowship meal. And just look at this adorable cake baked by one of our friends:
When you start a new church, it's all-hands-on-deck. You all work together or things don't get done. But you can be sure that God will bless even the most feeble efforts to serve and praise Him. I'm grateful that our family has this chance to be part of this, for that spirit of serving together definitely says "home" to me.
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