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Completely Won Over
8/10/2008 8:26:24 PM
Now THAT is what a parish is to be about!
Love lifted me.
What a cliche.... didn't I know that from a song somewhere.... No, No! - It's a hymn! - OK - So I'm an Anglican! Shame on me, I don't know that old Baptist song.
Nevertheless, that's exactly how I feel today, and how I'm experiencing the new parish I've chosen to return to here in Tomball (new for me anyway).
This particular parish had once been a place of great pain for me when I first moved here and was under a different leadership. Then the leadership changed, and I sought it out again. Not only did I find a difference in the direction of the church, but I found a difference in the Heart of the people. Now, let me put that in present tense. I am finding and do find that to be true.

Today, I hit upon a catastrophic situation in a meeting I attended. I could not bear the situation at hand, but found myself collapsing afterward for the pressure I medically received under it. The leader was ignorant to my situation and only doing what she had been called to do.

In my need, the women around me were immensely loving and nurturing to me, understanding and reaching out. They were listeners, not advisers, they gave their hearts, and I was completely won over.

Now THAT is what a parish is to be about! THAT is what I originally went to the parish for in the first place, but I am only now finding it. Community is what I call it, and community is what Saint Paul would have called it. It's about sharing each other's burdens and being unpretentious in doing so. This parish, Good Shepherd Episcopal of Tomball, TX, has found the answer. I'm glad I've found them and can now call them home.


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More Blogs by Stephanie S. Sawyer
• Difficult Christmas Season - Thursday, December 18, 2008
• Death and a Closed Door - Saturday, November 22, 2008
• Happy News - Friday, October 10, 2008
• The Wisdom of Homelessness - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Without Communication - Monday, September 15, 2008
• The Day After Ike - Sunday, September 14, 2008
• IKE affects TOMBALL, TX - Sunday, September 14, 2008
• AFter the Storm - Saturday, September 13, 2008
• Ike is headed toward me. - Friday, September 12, 2008
• Second Round - Saturday, September 06, 2008
• Fully Satisfied - Wednesday, September 03, 2008
• An Obstacle Too Big for Me - Saturday, August 23, 2008
•  Completely Won Over - Sunday, August 10, 2008  
• Life is Good in Tomball, Texas - Sunday, July 13, 2008
• Giving it away again - Wednesday, July 09, 2008
• Candid level experiences - Monday, May 05, 2008
• A New Found Freedom - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
• Truth and Honorable Course of Action - Saturday, March 29, 2008
• Determination - Monday, March 17, 2008
• I did it! - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Old Main - Friday, February 15, 2008
• People to Count On - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• God bless Aunt Blanche! - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Death at the Door Step - Friday, February 08, 2008
• Love is Stronger - Sunday, February 03, 2008
• It's God's Grace in My Message - Friday, February 01, 2008
• Sold Out! - Monday, January 07, 2008
• Public treatment of epilepsy - Thursday, January 03, 2008
• Defeat and disease conquered - Saturday, December 29, 2007
• Sunday School List - Sunday, December 23, 2007
• A gift of hope to everyone who reads it" - Sunday, December 16, 2007
• All I Want for Christmas - Friday, December 14, 2007
• Wisdom from a Homeless Man - Wednesday, December 12, 2007
• The Hard Way.... or Not - Wednesday, December 05, 2007
• Breaking Stereotypes - Saturday, December 01, 2007
• Tribute to my Husband - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• the Scariest will Bless - Thursday, November 22, 2007
• Deep Marks on my Heart - Thursday, November 15, 2007
• my silence - Tuesday, November 13, 2007
• all wrapped up - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Watch out where you go - Monday, October 29, 2007
• A True Winner - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Stand Up! - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
• The Pew: an Imprint - Monday, October 15, 2007
• Goosebumps on the arms - Friday, October 05, 2007
• God's special touches - Tuesday, September 25, 2007
• No anxiety here - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Heritage - Sunday, September 16, 2007
• Only one thing to do - Monday, September 10, 2007
• Family Customs - Sunday, September 09, 2007
• A Split Focus - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Wonderful victories in my life - and a ring - Monday, August 20, 2007
• new book on the way... - Saturday, August 18, 2007


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