Don’t you just love how the older we get, the more things become clear?
One of my favorite Sunday posts is by my friend, Debra, at http://farmerdays.com. She is doing an amazing series called Churches of the Prairie. (You can click the titles if you’d like to see.)
Every Sunday morning I find myself scrambling to her blog to see what churches she discovered that week.
Plus, I also love how she shares Sunday fellowship via photographs and tidbits of history.
Little Bit and I always see country churches when we’re out on our driving adventures.
Perhaps it’s my Iowa roots talking, but it seems like when we pass them, those buildings almost speak to me.
I always find myself wondering about their stories and days gone by.
Of Sunday’s mornings with greeters standing in open doorways, welcoming every-one with a smile and warm handshake.
Of packed seats, and people fanning themselves in the midst of summer’s heat.
Of the sun streaming in through the stained glass, while winter’s icy breath fogs the outside windows.
Of piano keys clattering and hymnal pages turning.
Of voices rising to fill the atmosphere with melodies and soulful sounds.
Of fond farewells, and “see you soons” to the racing back home and climbing into play clothes.
Of Sunday dinners with chicken frying, biscuits baking, and apple pie cooling on the counter.
Of love and laughter, sorrow and tears all mingled together in days full of grace.
And, as much as I love the idea and nostalgia in those buildings, I’ve come to realize some things these past few years.
For me, Faith and the Sunday rituals of praise and singing don’t necessarily require a building.
For me, those things are such a part of who I am, that some days I feel like I carry them around in my pocket.
Recently, I told you about my health journey and showed you my picture, and now I thought it’d be great time to show you my church.
You’ll probably notice there’s no building in sight.
The pews are empty.
And, you’d be right if you guessed I don’t make it down there every Sunday.
But, the combination of all those things is exactly what’s so perfect about it.
The stained glass is the blue sky.
Nature fills those empty seats.
The wind whispers the chorus and tunes.
This is where my husband and I were married.
To me, it’s as sacred of a place as anywhere I’ve ever been.
I absolutely love sitting on those benches with Little Bit. He seems to be as glued to the place as I am. He usually starts singing unprompted.
Every time we arrive there, I get out of the pickup feeling and saying the exact same thing:
“Church is in session“.