13 March 2007
losing my religion
This baffles me.
I'm unable to figure out how to keep the best of things.
I want to cling to the good of the way I was raised, including things I learned about God, the body of Christ, church as an establishment/organization.
But some of where I came from, and the particular beliefs and even more the practices of the denomination I grew up as part of, provoked much pain.
I become more and more aware of it as I "grow up."
A few years ago I participated in a prayer gathering where we spent significant time celebrating the good, and equally significant time repenting and asking God for forgiveness for some of the less good. It was excruciating at times. Honestly. But I'm appreciative of the experience and memory.
How do we do that in our own lives, shed the "flesh" and cling to the new creation that we're becoming? How do we embrace the beauty but shake off the dead and even deadly extensions? Is it possible to truly live in the vision God has which includes His incredibly generous grace and mercy? How long, Lord?
Oh, this web reference is pretty interesting, too...if you care.