This week the office received this email to my husband! Emails like this fill my heart and remind me that no matter the difficulties we face, what we get to witness in people’s lives is worth it.
Dear Pastor Eric,
I wanted to email you to thank you and your church. I want to share my rather bumpy path with my faith with you and then explain why I am thanking you.
When I was a child I was a member of what I like to call a very small country baptist church called Concord Baptist Church. My whole family grew up in this church. My mother sang in the church from the time she was 3 till she left it when she was 18. My great grand parents are buried in the church cemetery and I will also be buried there when God has decided my job here on earth is done. When I was 10 I prayed with my preacher that Jesus would come into my life and forgive me for all my sins. I accepted him as my savior. While praying I quoted a prayer I had never seen before. For me that was something special and I knew that I was on the path that God had set out for me. I was baptized on the following Sunday in front of the congregation. I had never felt such peace. I became the “if the church doors were open I was there” christian. I moved to Pascagoula when I was 13 and this is where the story goes south, so to speak.
I have strayed from the path that God had set out for me. I can sit here and tell you that life got in the way but that is not true. My choices and the mind set that I knew what I was doing are the true reasons. I have never been so wrong. I have never stopped believing in God. I stopped trusting him and as you said last Sunday I was EGO of my life. Some where I lost the relationship I had with him by my own doings and choices. I was big into church till I moved here. As I got older I really saw what was going on in church and I did not want to be a part of it. There should be no room in God’s house for hypocrites, judgment, and the feeling of shame because you do not were the right clothes or you do not live your life according to what they think is righteous. From that moment own I decided that I did not need to go to church to have a relationship with God. That I could have a relationship with him anywhere. Boy was I wrong. That is when I began to loose my relationship with him. That is when I got into the mind set that my life was going to be the way I wanted it to be and I was going to make my own path. My life has been nothing like I wanted and I know why. I did not trust God with my life. I did not give up control to him. I only spoke to him when I prayed for someone else or when I needed help. It is crazy if you think about it. I could not trust him enough to give up all control to him but I was quick to hit my knees if I needed help. About 6 months ago there was a shift inside my heart and soul. It was more like a feeling of needing to go home. I ignored it for awhile because I was too concerned with trying to put my life back together. Then the feeling turned to a call. I opened up my heart and listened. It was God telling me enough is enough. It is time for me to come home and home was his house.
This is where you come in. I believe God put me on the path to your church. God knew I needed a home and he gave me one. My first experience was 3 weeks ago. When I walked into Oasis I felt the same peace I felt when I was 10. I never thought I would get that feeling back. Thanks to you I am reconfirming my relationship with God. He never left me. He was always there even tho I left him. He just sat back and waited. So thank you from the bottom of my heart and my soul for allowing me to become a member of a wonderful family. I wish not to leave my name but you can share this if you like. Maybe it will help some one else to find the same peace I have found In God.
On the right path