The reasons we chose the church weren’t particularly flattering. It was close, under five minutes from our house if traffic was favorable. They had a pretty thin looking praise team, so if they’d have us, we would both be able to play. The pastor seemed nice and the sermons didn’t strain my liberal sensitivities too hard. And it was relatively anonymous, so we didn’t feel the scarlet A’s branding us every time we entered the sanctuary.
We were married now, but that hadn’t always been the case. We had attended church together for five years, but in the before days, we had been married to other people, and lots of people in the church community of our town knew it.
In my previous life, when I had changed churches, I always knew immediately when I had found my new church home. There had always been a simple feeling of belonging in those instances. Even if it hadn’t made sense to me why I felt that way, I could tell when a new congregation was home.
But I didn’t have that feeling here.
I’m writing today over at You Are Here. I’d love it if you’d stop by and read the rest of this story about finding my place in our new church.