Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blog Challenge Day 13: Religion

Today on the blog challenge we're talking religion. Actually, the prompt was "your favorite bible verse or quote", but I'm amending it a little.

I went through a period in high school where I was really into church and bible study, but religion has fallen by the wayside for me in the last decade. I have always believed in God (or some higher power), but I would consider myself more spiritual than religious.

After Will was born, I felt a pull to join a church community again, so Ben and I became members at a local First Congregational Church. We love our church community. It's very laid back, warm and welcoming. There's no judgement if you make it every Sunday or only on holidays (we're somewhere in the middle). And the pastors (a husband and wife team) are awesome. At our congregation, there is a big emphasis on tolerance and kindness, two values that I hope to pass on to Will.

I find scripture interesting, but the literal interpretation of religion is not why I'm there. For me, church is meditative. I use church as a means to reflect, find peace and prepare for the week ahead. I always leave feeling centered and ready to face whatever challenges await.

I grew up in a church community and I really want that for Will. I want a group of people (outside of our friends and family) that care about him and want him to succeed. That's what I got from church as a child. As an adult, I've struggled to find my relationship with God, but I'm working on it. I'm thankful we have a church home that can help me explore my faith without pressure or judgement.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you amended the post! Thanks for sharing!


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