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Entrances and Exits

“When we worry, we have our hearts in the wrong place.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen, Making All Things New

This church is the United Methodist Church in a place called Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains. You might ask, what’s with the two doors side by side?  Briefly, the church was built in 1902 when men and women had their own entryway.

When I look at this image it makes me think how I feel on Sunday mornings no matter which church I frequent whether it has two doors side by side or not.  As long as the message is uplifting and hopeful, I walk in feeling one way, and leave with a noticeable adjustment – a new lightheartedness of spirit. Is there anyone else who feels the same way I do? That’s the beauty of faith. It’s as if I get a weekly wink or nudge that tells me I needn’t worry, to cast it all off at the pew, someone much greater than myself is watching over me, flaws and all.

Perhaps the elevated spirit comes from hearing the church music whose lyrics tell wonderful stories if you pay attention. My favorite are traditional hymns with a deep history sung through the generations. Although Deep Rooted Folks recently really caught my attention with music that was not classic yet it sure captured the spirit!

If it’s been a while since you stepped through the doors of a church, you may find a very different and more satisfying experience than last time you visited. Those who continue to come and go do so because they’ve found what they are looking for and why not find a higher being to walk through life with because…

 


 

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