I don’t know if anyone will read this, or if anyone cares what I think, but I’m throwing it out into cyberspace and we’ll see what comes back.
As I was setting up my blog, I was thinking of how to best to describe myself. I guess the best way is this:
I’m a middle-aged, middle-class mom from the Midwest who now finds herself tenuously holding onto the political middle ground while seeking to follow her King.
I would not have embraced this description a year ago or even a month ago, but I’m now proud to say it.
I’ve been married almost 25 years to my best friend and we have 4 children, two whom we birthed and two who are being added to our family through adoption from the foster care system. My husband and I follow Jesus, however not all of my children have embraced Him as we have.
The past three years have brought big changes to my thoughts and beliefs. Not my faith, I’ve been a Christian for longer than I have been married, but how I act on my faith.
Three years ago, we were told that a new campus for our church was going to open with the goal of “integrating Sunday morning”. We jumped at the opportunity to help pioneer this church. We’ve lived in the St. Louis area for more than 6 years but were dismayed by how racially segregated this region is and wanted to be involved in helping that to change. I’d say this was the catalyst for my thought metamorphosis.
As I interacted with my new brothers and sisters whom we’ve met through the church, they have changed me in profound ways. My own prejudices were revealed, even though I was sure I didn’t have any, and I was forced to confront them and change. As I changed those, I realized my political beliefs, as a former rabid Republican, were changing as well. My approach to faith changed too as I could no longer be a casual, consumer Christian.
Ok, that’s enough for today…..