Is our cross worn out?

Two weeks ago I drove by this church as I dropped Sarah off in school and I stopped and took some pictures and posted some of them in instagram and took some others with my large camera. Thoughts came to mind and I will share. I am 54 years old and my faith feels a lot like this church looks. This church building looks worn and lonely and it has seen better times. Many meetings were held there, many sermons were preached, many baptized and many last goodbye were said here. I think the neighborhood changed and perhaps leadership did not adapt to modern times. Positively it still stands, and probably there are some that still worship in it.

For me there is a clear lesson, I have been in the faith for a very long time, I have fought many battles mine and others, when I was part of the Church of Christ, and with fervor and passion I sailed a course that led to very turbulent waters, waters of doctrine that caused damage to many souls looking to find a safe harbor in life. But I must remind myself that God always leads us in triumphal procession, I am trying to adapt, I am trying to find journeys and relationships that fit my course. I am trying to give back what God has given me an renew my faith to meet my present situations. I am grateful to God, I want to live a life that counts, I don’t want to ask God much, but be thankful for what I have and he gives me daily.

I want to renew the building of my faith with new paint and mortar from the Lord’s quarry.

The Cross is the True North – Does not matter where you are!

Today I went to North Park Nature Sanctuary with my daughter Sarah to spend some daddy-daughter time. It was a great time, I thought Sarah a little bit about photography and she enjoyed as we walked through the trails. We spent about an hour a half.

Something happened though, I got lost, lost my heading as we were returning. North Park Sanctuary is not a very big place, however the wilderness is very dense and in the north area it seems to me that the large trail does not have a pointer sign back to the main center.

As we walked we came to an open field and to the distance I saw the old steeple of a church in the distance on the other side of the park. Shortly after that we found our heading back to the center.

My spiritual lesson from this as simple as it may seem is this; Its been hard spiritually for me lately, I have been wrestling with the immense pressure of running two business and raising a family. Sometimes I feel lost, far from where I want to go spiritually, wondering some far away trail, however I have in the last week returned to some basics and rising up very early and praying to God, this is what I find in the analogy The Cross is our north and it always there across the fields of our distress.

Church steeple north of North Park Nature Sanctuary
Church steeple north of North Park Nature Sanctuary