It Felt Like Home
This week, I want to take a moment to celebrate. Over the past week, I have heard some things about Wesley which need to be told.
At Welcome to Wesley, we had five guests who have been attending for awhile. One young family with two small children, an empty nester family with young adult children, and a grandparent were all there to find out how to make Wesley their church home. As we went around the table, each person described specific ministries, people, and experiences they have encountered which led to each person saying, “I just knew I was home.”
To be “home” means you have found a place you can safely grow, know, and be known, to see yourself as a part of the story, which God is writing here. It tells me that you, the church, are being the body of Christ and people of all ages and stations in life are finding what they need among us. Some have heard how new life in Jesus Christ was given to you and they find hope for themselves. Some find ways to set aside “self” and serve others. Some find ways to connect with other people in hobbies and interests. Some study together and find soul-searching answers among each other. Yet others find relationships and friendships to sustain us throughout our lives.
At the end of the day, we are working toward being a herald of the Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is the ultimate home that all souls seek — even if they do not know it. St. Augustine wrote as to God in The Confessions, “You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until our heart rests in You.” When people are finding home among us, it means they are discovering life giving relationships with God, neighbors, and themselves. That means, we are being the Church.
Way to go, folks, and keep it up!
Chris Yost pastor[email protected]