Thursday, May 30, 2013

Are you there, God? It's Me, Patty.

I grew up only going to church once in awhile. Easter, Christmas, funerals. When Grandpa yelled at me. I would go, but it didn't stick. I didn't have a ton of friends that practiced religion on a regular basis so that influence was just not present in my life.

This year has changed me. Maybe because I've matured or because it's my choice (as oppose to Grandpa yelling at me) but I have recently had a strong desire to go to church. Recent events, such as the Newtown and Boston tragedies, have left me feeling so much anxiety for my children. A million questions run through my mind and it's enough to make me crazy. What if that happened to them? What would I do? Am I allowed to club people that try to hurt my children? Am I allowed to kill them? What if that happens to me? And my kids don't have a mother anymore?

(This is the point at which my husband officially thinks I am living the vida loca, if you know what I mean.)

All I can really do is pray. But...I don't go to church. Why would God listen to me? Why would He make time to comfort me if I have never really made time for Him? I am not sure if that's how the whole prayer thing works, but it makes sense in my brain. I don't want to wait until something terrible happens to me or my family to decide we need prayers. (Truth be told, with two children two years old and younger I need Jesus every day at about five p.m but I digress...) This is the year, the year that we load up the infant and toddler and go to church as a family. Even if the toddler has to go potty five times during mass. Even if we have to hold our wiggly baby while receiving communion. Even if we have to remove stickers from the pew that the toddler has so thoughtfully placed. We are going. We are going.

And we do.


Mary Lytle said...

Good for you! May you find strength and comfort in this important decision.

Lindsey said...

I am with you. While young, the decision was made for me, and forced as well. I am finding the strength to go on my own and bring Connor. It is just so hard when Adam isn't of same religion.

Jessica said...

I so want to go back to Church. I grew up in the church and many of my HS friends were in my youth group. I pray every night and talk to my kids about Jesus and church and I wonder to if God is listening to me I don't give him as much time as I use to. Truth be told I am absolutely terrified to take my 3 & 2 year old to church. I know I will get looks

undomestic mama said...

I have a strong desire to get back into church since having my boys. I went when I was young, but quit going when my parents divorced - around 7 years old. I learned a lot from Church though and I think my boys would love going too.

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

:) I am glad you have started going to church again. I pray the the Lord would use this time to draw you near to His heart. He is good and He wants you to cast your cares on Him, so go ahead and lay your children at His feet. :)