Embracing the glory & mess of the middle parts
mama. writer. coffee snob & chronic over-sharer. i’ve got resurrection down inside my skin. all about that oily life: Yl.pe/elenadel
Loving your thoughts and reading about your journey. Great blog and look forward to reading more!
This resonates with me. I grew up Presbyterian and married a Presbyterian, too, just at the time that I was becoming something more – something else- something wider. I have struggled in the more conservative churches – even though I know that there is Truth and Love there – but I find I am becoming Pentecostal in my later years. That I believe God is bigger than the traditions of my youth that tend to believe they are the only right ones. They are not wrong, in many ways, but they are not the only God-followers, either, and my heart yearns for the Spirit that was frowned on by my past – the distrust of feelings, the sense that God is all about accuracy, words, minds, and Truth – that God SAYS he so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, but that he MEANT he wanted us to be sure we got the details right. I’m finding God is wilder, freer, fiercer, and, in a sense, “Truer” than the Truth that was so hallowed in my past. Not that they were wrong, but I am not wrong either – I know the Spirit is speaking to us today, if we will only listen. I know He speaks Truth to us – but He also speaks LOVE. He speaks peace. He speaks joy. I want to know that part of God, too – the heart part of God, not just the mind part. Thanks for sharing.
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