Saturday, 1 December 2012

Pause in Advent - Sunday 2nd December


This month I joined up for Pause in Advent, hosted by Floss.  It's a weekly post about thoughts and feelings over the lead up to Christmas.  I hesitated about participating as things have changed for me.



 A lot has changed since last year - I am now an occasional visitor of the church I once felt so much a part of for 10 years and have left my housegroup.  I tried random churches but didn't find anywhere that felt right for me so resorted to a solitary faith that relies on the woods for meditative moments and prayer.  At the moment that's what feels right for me.  I have not lost faith in God or become a lost sheep, but am not any longer in the flock or feeling the need to conform.


This is my thought for the first week of Pause in Advent....



Not 'belonging' has been a good thing for me this year, I'm still a faithful follower and I have been pleased to discover I can move between boundaries and be accepted more readily, to share faith and to learn from others.  So for now I am content. 

To read other thoughts on Advent join Floss, who is hosting Pause in Advent here

23 comments:

  1. I love the first saying on your post here.We ARE spiritual beings. And you are STILL part of God's flock. Even when you're not going to a church building on a regular basis. God's church has no walls. I've been fortunate to find a church home where people love me unconditionally and it is a wonderful loving place. It's not perfect because there are no perfect people, including myself. ;)
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy ;)

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  2. I like thinking about Him meeting you in the woods. Oh, you are very very dear to Him, good friend.

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  3. A lovely post Betty - can quite relate to lots of it. I too am not affiliated to any particular church but find faith and spirituality in lots of things around me now. I try to do good to my fellow man which I think is important - treat others as you would wish etc. . . I do like the verses you have posted though & also love this one I often think of "be the change you wish to see in the world"
    Take care Betty - thinking of you often, Hugs, Julie :-)

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  4. I think a lot of things have changed for many of us in these days Betty. I chose to move out of church about 7 years ago & have found a great deal of freedom & now healing, in that process. I agree with Julie...I love that saying...it works. So glad that you still joined in. Much love Catherine x0x0x

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    1. Hello Catherine thanks for visiting. I think you're right Catherine - things have changed and for some of us 'church as we know it' doesn't fit. Betty

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  5. I've always loved the first saying. And the second one is powerful as well. I've never belonged to a church, and was not raised religiously. But spirituality becomes more and more important in my life.

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    1. I think we are all on some kind of journey Judy and our paths criss cross amongst other souls along the way for a reason - to help each other hopefully. Thanks for stopping to comment. Betty

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  6. Sounds like you are in a good place Betty. We hope next year brings you more of the same and much more. Have a super Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly and friends. Blessings to you.

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  7. Hello Betty, a lovely pause in advent and I love the sayings too. I do not belong to a church,but do believe and also find comfort in nature,thats where I feel contentment. Wishing You a peaceful week Dear friend,xxxx

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    1. Lovely to hear from you - thanks for stopping by - wishing you a peaceful Advent. Betty

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  8. I don't think God would mind if you don't have bricks and mortar from which to worship him. I think he would rather like the thought of the trees being your roof and the woods being your church. Lovely calming post - I always look forward to your Pauses in Advent - very calming. Have a good week, Betty. x

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    1. You're right, Nana - and didn't Jesus like to go off and be by himself when he had his deepest thoughts and made decisions? so I expect this is a good process. I like your thoughts about the woods being my Church and will stick with it for now. Thanks. Betty

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  9. Oh, Betty, I have been and am currently where you are. It is not a comfortable place. And after about 5 years on NOT being in my church because of so many reasons, I am back there somewhat reluctantly. Yet I feel like I do not "belong". It will take us time, and the journey is prickly, but perhaps it will be worth it in the end.

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    1. Nancy hope your 'going back' works out. Our Church is moving to a very large and expensive new build which I didn't feel enthusiastic about so I am just biding my time to see how I feel about it all.

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  10. Great post Betty, and I think you have the right idea.

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  11. Hi! I jumped across from Floss! Lovely to 'meet' you! I find the woods a really great place for prayer, so calm and peaceful and free from distractions surrounded by the beauty of His creation. I hope that, even if you are not part of a built church, that you still have friends, fellow brothers and sisters who can encourage you in your walk with him, for me that is really important! God bless you!

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    1. Thanks for jumping across Kezzie - yes I do have some friends who share fellowship. I do agree with you, when I am outside I feel much more connected and able to to pray.

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  12. Ah, Betty. We 'belong' to a chuch that we don't 'belong' to... or so it seems, sometimes. The problem is merely language-based, as if it was in English it would probably be one of the best churches I've ever attended. But for me, particularly, I feel in 'exile' because I don't know how to really get to know people in my second language. I know that you and I have been on these parallel journeys for several years now, and it's a comfort to be able to share with you and the other 'Pause' bloggers - how understanding everyone is! We are part of a fellowship in a way, and that's a real blessing from God. Thanks for joining in once again, Betty.

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    1. It's a nice thought Floss, thankyou for sharing the journey - I think it was the community aspect of church that didn't feel right for me most of all. This year's Pause in Lent is bringing out some interesting responses in us all. Betty

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  13. I have mixed feelings, having been brought up with the belief that church is important, for me it has become a bit like family, somewhere that I belong even when I dislike or disagree with the people (or leadership/parents). However, just as I remained a part of my family when I lived a long way from them, I think we remain part of the church even when we don't attend weekly meetings of it. Church for me is much more than the local congregation I am committed to, but is a worldwide community - I am part of church with you and Floss and PomPom and so many others, and as we discus our faith and pray for each other we are doing and being church.

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    1. Thankyou Carolyn - I think you are right - our faith unites us- I do sometimes feel a need to have a link with other Christians and blogging is very helpful in that way - I expect in time I will find a church and congregation that feels right, but am not in a hurry.

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  14. I am rather in a situation like Floss, but I have been away from church for over a year now, with brief forays back. I understand how you feel though, and I would say to not worry, to "be" with Christ, wherever that may be, and to find fellowship with others away from the "church-as-a-building". I am sure that if you are open to God, he will eventually (sooner, or maybe later) lead you to the place he wants you to be. Blessings on you this Advent tide, Betty

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