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Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)
- TITLE: WE'RE RELATED! WHO KNEW!
By darrell darden
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I remember the first time my mom took me to church. I was about six years old and I was completely fascinated by all the people, the sounds and the colors. People were shouting and singing and then a man in a bright colored robe went around knocking people out. I remember asking my mom “why is that man in the bath robe knocking people out?” she said “boy, Pastor Richie is not knocking anybody out, it’s God knocking them out.” I thought to myself that can’t be, God is strong and powerful He’d probably kill somebody! Then I looked at the people lying on the floor to see if they were moving. Some had smiles on their face and some were shaking and saying “thank you Jesus!”
Another thing I noticed is that everybody went around calling each other brother and sister so and so and there was a lot of hugging and handshaking going on. I asked “mom! Are we related to all these people?” She said “boy if you don’t hush your mouth while we’re in church, Yes! Yes we are related, we are children of the most high God, we are the family of faith” After that she gave me one of those looks that said “don’t bother me again if you want to live” I just sat there marveling at the number of sisters and brothers I had that I never knew about. From that day forward I looked forward to going to church and hanging out with my new family. They taught me how to sing and praise the Lord. Family members would come and visit from other churches and sometimes we would go visit them. We had a lot of fun. Then one day the man in the robe, the one my mom called “pasta” put some “grease” on my forehead and then hit me so hard up side my head I almost fell over backwards. I said “mom! I knew he was knocking people out!” Church became my second home, but one thing still bothered me so I asked my mom, “Mom we’ve been coming hear for about a year, when am I gonna meet Faith?” Mom just looked at me and laughed and said “when you get older you’ll see that faith has been here all along.”
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