Welcome Home

Welcome Home

By AudreyBotts

Last week, I was asked to go on stage to welcome our church members and first time guest.  As I was on stage, I reflected back upon a time when I was first welcomed by my church family many years ago.

It was about 17 years ago and I was going through one of the most difficult times in my life, my first divorce.  

I was not a committed believer at the time, so I was not attending church on a regular basis.  

I had just been separated a few months from my first husband when this incident happened. 

Both of my children were still young at the time and they were attending Indian River Christian School.  My youngest child was graduating from kindergarten and her school was having a graduation for them. 

All families of the children were invited to come celebrate this special time with them.  So I went.

When I entered the sanctuary I saw my soon to be ex-husband, sitting with my children, his father, and his new girlfriend.   I was confused and did not know where to sit.   

I was shocked and I had a realization that I no longer belonged to that family anymore.  I still had my children when they were home with me, but not when they were with their father.  This was so confusing to me.   

I felt so humiliated and lost.  I sat a few rows in back of them.   I did everything I could to hold back my tears. 

Then out of nowhere I remember a gentle touch on my shoulder.  It was the pastor’s wife.  She told me to come and sit with her and her husband during the ceremony.  She could see what was going on and took compassion on me.  She took my hand and led me to her family, God’s family.   

I didn’t realize at the time what took place physically was also happening spiritually.   The Lord was using his servant to welcome me into his family and kingdom.   

I can look back and see that Jesus was not happy with this and used His servant to help me.    

When your world around you crumbles the Lord is there waiting for you to take His hand to welcome you into His kingdom.

God used my pastor’s wife to welcome me into God’s family that day.  She might not remember this, but I do and I am forever grateful for her.    Thank you!

 

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”  Matthew 25:35-36

There are so many hurting people in this world that need to see the love of Jesus.  I challenge you today to be Jesus’ hands and feet.  Welcome them into His kingdom as He did for me.   God bless