Monday, May 29, 2006

I HAVE A UNITY DREAM

UNITY


Well here goes my dream so to speak:


This is the first time I’ve actually put my mouth where my mind is. I do believe that when we can all play nicely on this earth’s playground, it will be the beginning of the very end. That wasn’t my first thought when this came to me. My first was that this would be great for my community then when the subject of UNITY was everywhere I realized that it’s God plan to bring the churches together. Now, in no way do I think that COCs and CCs will ever give up the differences while on this earth, however, we can put our Bible thumping egos down and see each other in a respectful way.


When I was married, I was allowed to bring in a priest to be a part of the service. I did this as respect to my in-laws. Some people frowned upon it, and I’m sure from both sides. We were not allowed to take communion as a couple because my husband would be taking it in a non Catholic church. That really made me crazy. What would Jesus do? I let it go because they were my in-laws and my husband wasn’t fighting that battle. The priest was very nice and knew our church, the churches had helped each other during a flood. Unity to help others.


The plan:


Several years ago it came to me that the churches in our area should unite for an afternoon of prayer and unity. Not in each individual church as we do on The Day Of Prayer, but in a church. Each minister, preacher, priest, etc.... given the opportunity to give a prayer. The community united as one to pray together for our city, children, lives, etc...


If any offering would be taken it would go to the community such as a food pantry or some other services needed.


We have picnicked together with another church that met at our church, the occasion was met with mixed reviews. We had a few people from the community who had never gone to our churches join us. One was a friend who attends a different church. She was very impressed with the fact that two very different groups can welcome each other and so lovingly.
We are suppose to love each other.


I realize my upbringing make me a bit more open to all kinds of people and religious beliefs. I’ve attended several different kinds of services and the common factor cannot be ignored. We love GOD.


I’m going to talk to the minister and associate minister about this idea as soon as God puts it in my mouth to say it. I promise to keep you posted. It could be just a little seed and I may never see it grow in my life time. I do think that every community needs to know that the churches that surround them love them. In Oklahoma that’s a lot of love, we are the buckle in the Bible belt.


PRAY FOR UNITY WITH OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS
MILLY

1 comment:

codepoke said...

We had a few people from the community who had never gone to our churches join us. One was a friend who attends a different church. She was very impressed with the fact that two very different groups can welcome each other and so lovingly.

Great testimony. It's encouraging to think that loving each other might make a real, measurable difference in the lives of some of those around us.

I promise to keep you posted.

I will keep on a'listen'n!