The day after I sent my husband on his great journey, my mother came to spend the week with us. I am so grateful to have her here to help me during this transition. She insists she hasn’t done a thing to help me and can’t imagine why I love having her around. She’s crazy! I haven’t loaded or unloaded my dishwasher or folded a stitch of laundry since she arrived. That alone is worth big money to a mother of three under four! But as I told her, even if she hadn’t done chores it is wonderful to have her company. Chatting, cooking, reading or just watching the news together…it’s been great to visit and have another adult in the house.
As Sunday approached, my mother considered attending church with my neighbor who is Episcopalian. I told her I would just attend the Episcopal church with her. My mother paused a few moments and then taught me that this week in the liturgical calendar is the celebration of Corpus Christi, The Body of Christ. It is the week the Church celebrates being part of God’s family through the blood of Jesus. Because of this she thought it would be better if I worshipped with my church family that I have come to love so much.
I gave that some thought and considered what she taught me about Corpus Christi in the calendar and quickly received a plan.
Yesterday my Catholic mother, along with my little family, attended an Episcopal Service (the closest thing to Catholic near my house.)
Afterward we drove to my church that I will describe as a revival-focused, charismatic church. We arrived late but were still able to enjoy the sermon and healing service while my children attended their class.
It was a busy morning but it didn’t take long for me to appreciate that despite all of the MANY theological and practical differences between churches and denominations that WE are the BODY of CHRIST, the Corpus Christi.
I was brought up Catholic.
Saved in the Church of Christ.
Received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Assemblies of God.
Licensed by the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Married into a Presbyterian family.
And currently attend a non denominational church.
There is no one church with the “corner market” on Rightness. It’s our loving deeds overflowing from a heart transformed by Jesus that identifies us as Christians.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10
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