Church is Like a Hospital

This is the latest blog post from my favorite blogger and describes my take on church and religion. Some people seem to survive and be good effective people without it. Some of us can’t. Jesus came for the sick, weak, needy, and sinful. And I am in need of grace in all of those areas.

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Sitting in church today, grumpy and petrified for Steven’s future, I barely listened to the sermon. During my mind meanderings, I heard Pastor suggest we all think of church as a hospital for those with broken peace. Yes, that is me! Broken peace! I started listening more closely, and he was speaking to ME! To paraphrase the sermon, church welcomes everyone looking for peace. Everyone is living their lives often faced with many challenges, tragedies, illnesses, possible prejudices against them and sadness. As much as I would like to think so, life is not all daisies and sunshine. Steven’s life sucks, and will continue to suck. How/why that happened or why God would “let” that happen is of no consequence. It happened. It is.

My peace was restored when I realized that in the scheme of this whole eternal universe, the time spent on earth is only a drop in…

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-nine years.

Posted on June 14, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

    • People die in hospitals also. People fight in Churches too. And sometimes they manage to reconcile, sometimes not. Church is just a gathering place for people struggling to become better people. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I’m not really sure, we don’t all agree on what’s involved in being a good person.
      Church doesn’t guarantee anything perfect any more than hospitals, governments, universities or nations.

      To be perfectly honest, I’m rather tired of churches. But I’m tired of a lot of things…..old age, I suspect. This is a bad stage for me with organized religion. But it’s more me just being tired of how pitifully small the good they do seems as opposed to the bad. But,in fact the small acts of kindness and even sacrifice of so many ordinary people simply don’t get the publicity as do the monstrous acts of a few. Some people’s, like some of these victims’ families, ability to forgive is epic in it’s witness to grace.

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