Several years ago,while in church, I clearly got a message I looked around and saw people in pain.They were like the new daughter-in-law who enters a family.She tries to fit in but at every turn she is told, "We got it covered".and so week after week she goes to the family dinner with no real joy.,Margaret sets the table. Erica makes the food.Pauline brings it out and Racheal is in charge of the beverages.
One day the mother-in-law sees how unhappy the girl is she invites her into the kitchen to help clean the fish. They joke and bond and for the first time she feels part of the family.
"WE GOT IT COVERED" SENDS A MESSAGE, A HURTFUL MESSAGE.IT SAYS YOU WILL NEVER REALLY BE A PART OF THE FAMILY.YOU WILL BE A GUEST.
CHURCHS ARE FAMILIES,THE FAMILY OF CHRIST.
MAKE SURE YOUR CHURCH MAKES ROOM IN THE "KITCHEN" FOR NEW MEMBER ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE WIDOWED,DIVORCED OR SEPERATED FROM THEIR OWN FAMILIES. LATELY THERE ARE MORE SMILES AT SUNDAY MASS OUR CHURCH SAYS "WELCOME TO THE FAMILY"
PROGRAMS LIKE "CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH,CCW AND JOURNEY OF HOPE HELP THE NEW OR LONELY PARISHIONER BECOME ALIVE AGAIN.
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