Today in church, I cried.
Two young ladies (twins – that I do not know) were called up front so we could recognize their high school graduation. Their dad is a choir member at our church. He stood up with them as did their grandma.
I don’t know them…why did I cry?
Because a gay man was able to stand in his predominately “gay church” with his daughters and mom and celebrate their graduation.
It wasn’t that many years ago such a thing would have been unheard of. In the past you would never take your children to a church labeled as “gay” and its highly unlikely you would invite your parents to such a church.
So, why did I cry?
I cried for all of our gay brothers and sisters that didn’t live to see this day.
I cried because we stand on the shoulders of so many people who would not sit and be quiet…we owe them our tears and our laughter.
I cried because we still have to march in the streets to make sure our government knows we haven’t gone away.
I cried because there are days I fear we are slipping backwards.
I cried because there is a generation of young people, following right behind us, that don’t understand what the big deal is…because they haven’t known a time when it wasn’t ok to be gay…I pray they never will.
A father, a grandmother and twin teenage girls…celebrating a high school graduation and I cried.
I’ve always wanted to participate in Thursday Doors hosted by Norm Frampton (Norm 2.0) But for some reason Thursday always seems to sneak by me and no door is posted.
Last week I was driving through Downtown Fort Worth and decided to stop and take pictures of the doors at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. I was excited about the idea of photographing church doors. I love the architecture of old churches.
Unfortunately as I started taking photos of the doors I couldn’t help but be annoyed with the “no handguns permitted” sign posted at the two outer doors…making it very difficult to get decent photos.
Don’t get me wrong…I am a pacifist and I am pretty sure church is NOT a place where guns need to be carried. But I live in Texas. I live in a state that is very proud of its “open carry” laws and if you are a church and you don’t want gun toting parishioners sitting in your pews…then you need to be very clear about that.
I just wish they had chosen a way to get their point across…Without interfering with my photo!
I hope everyone will visit Norm’s page and click on the blue frog…you’ll enjoy all the doors.
I almost didn’t go to church today. But Fortunately it worked out that I was exactly where I needed to be.
Our Pastor, Carol Ann West, preached about the “Good Samaritan,” she talked about who our neighbors are and she talked about the recent events and the loss of life.
For communion we were asked to join other people in our pews who we normally don’t receive communion with and receive the body of Christ together.
At the end of the service the entire congregation held hands and sang “Let There Be Peace On Earth”
It was powerful, meaningful and very much needed today.
Let us all recognize every person as our neighbor and let us also recognize we are all capable of being a Good Samaritan.
Celebration Community Church – Rev. Carol West
St. Patrick Catholic Church – Fort Worth TX
It has rained in North Texas for the last 5 days….non-stop rain. This is not typical and it certainly didn’t make for an enjoyable holiday weekend.
I know rain is necessary…and we did recently find our way out of a very long drought because of all the rain we had last May. So I’m accepting of the wet stuff falling from the sky…but that doesn’t mean I like it!
This morning Sonya tried to convince us that church was canceled because of the rain. However, she did agree to go with us after we promised McDonald’s breakfast.
Once we arrived at church she found a plastic grocery bag in the car and decided she would use it as rain gear (yes I had an umbrella…she chose plastic!
The latest in rain gear
Sonya did enjoy seeing her friends at church and as always singing along with the music. But the big surprise came when the usher said Rev. Carol West wanted Sonya to join her for the post-communion prayer.
With much excitement Sonya went up front and joined Rev. West.
Sonya was honored and took her role very seriously.
Rev. Carol West and Sonya
And finally…the hug
Rain or no rain…it was a good day to be at church.
I thought this was a unique church sign
Today the girls got an award at church. The award is called “You Light Up Our Lives.”
You would have thought they won an Oscar when Rev. Carol called out their names.
This is the church I grew up in. Its a small country church in a town that doesn’t have a 4 way stop.
Liberty United Methodist Church – Liberty OH
Sadly the attendance has dropped drastically over the past 20 years and slowly this church will shutter, like so many other small churches around our country.
Liberty UMC – Liberty Ohio
While in Dayton this past weekend, me and my friend Corey took a few minutes to walk around the old building.
Liberty UMC – Liberty Ohio
Its been many years since I’ve visited this place. I’m glad we took time to stop….many happy memories.
I believe this picture was taken in Pennsylvania. I was a passenger in the car, I was likely sleeping when we pulled into the beautiful little town. When I woke and saw this church I insisted on stopping for pictures.
I have a hard time resisting quaint little churches.