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I grew up in church. A rigid non-denominational, denomination. We wore hats. Women were silent. We “broke bread” every Sonday morning in Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting was quiet. Hymns were sung, but no musical instruments were played, all singing was a capella. My grandpa was Sonday School Superintendent and my sister and I were expected to be shining examples in scripture memorization, books of the Bible reciting, angelic girls who sat quiet during Morning Meeting – my grandpa had a big voice – a big presence at Chapel (we didn’t even call it church). Oft times, his six-foot plus, gray-suited self would stand and open his Little Flock (morning meeting hymnal) and begin a song. Always a serious, slow song with beautiful words. Today, his Little Flock is one of my life treasures.
Now that may have come across negatively – but in all truth – I am eternally grateful for my heritage.
But, whew, church has changed. Amen?
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(Disclaimer: I stand firm on the tenets of my Bible faith in regard to morality, modesty, marriage, life-style choices, pro-life – these are non-negotiables for me.)
Liz Curtis Higgs made a profound statement as she dropped the rock into the tray at this year’s IF:Gathering in Austin Texas. She looked at the sea of women and said (not exact quote), “I wondered why I was invited here this weekend – after all, I am much older than all of you but I want to say if anyone is worried about the future of the church? Don’t be, because this generation has it together.”
Man, that had such an impact on me because as a 60-something woman who hangs out with 30/40-something women in the space we call the interweb, I am daily blown-away by the grace this generation extends.
Amidst nose-rings, tattoos, body piercings, skinny jeans, hip-high boots, spiked hair, and, all that doesn’t look church-conventional…
His GRACE finds us.
Jesus hung out with rebels and rousers, sinners and saints, His grace continues to extend to all.
The church has changed but His salvation grace is the same today as it was the moment He cried, “IT IS FINISHED!“