Sometimes Church is Elsewhere

I’ve heard it said a few times in my life, “church isn’t always inside the building.” In essence, church is where ever people of faith gather and share prayer and fellowship. At least that’s my take, when I boil it all down.

Certainly there is the presence of God, and there is sometimes a sense of spiritual renewal, a deep reset of the soul…but those moments can often be fleeting.  It’s like anything else we humans do trying to transcend, it’s hit and miss.   And that’s life as a human, really.

Another fundamental thing about being a human is that we are social animals; we really are meant to be together.  And that is the main point of this post.  Me and the family have been missing quite a few Sundays at church this summer; we’ve had a whole variety of travel and otherwise time away, busy spending time with others, or recovering from being busy.

And so this Sunday, we’re going to be in travel mode again, as we head out early morning for the central valley a couple hours away, to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday with a big family lunch.  It’s going to be great, and I’m super excited to see the in-law crew.  It’s been a while since we’ve all been together, and our kids really enjoy being with the cousins, we all like being together.

But we’re going to miss church in the process.  My sense though?  That deep re-set of the soul I mentioned earlier?  Some version of that will happen when we all gather together.  Certainly there will be a lot of love to go around.   We’ll sort of have a version of church, just elsewhere.

Amen to THAT.

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