Secret to joy, life, and health

I have never been a person much on New Year’s resolutions. Seems promises easily made are easily broken.

Yet there is a promise I made years ago that has kept me in good stead, one that, if you keep it, you will be blessed. Here’s my promise, my secret to joy, life, and health: Go to church.

Yep, that’s it! It’s short, simple, and sweet.

As of late I’ve noticed a number of our members missing from church. I don’t believe everyone has just up and left, but rather find themselves pulled by the many temptations and distractions found here in the Bay area. However, our spiritual lives are as important as any other aspect of our life . . . perhaps even more important.

Consider this: I might be successful in my job, but where do I go when doubt plagues my mind? I go to church!

I might be successful in my marriage, but who do I talk to when my children seem to have lost their way? I go to church!

I may drive the latest car, have the biggest house, and own the latest technological toy, but what do I do when those things no longer satisfy my want? Do I go to another department store for retail therapy? No! I go to church!

Author Anne Lamont, in her book Traveling Mercies understands what I’m saying. In it, she shares the following:

When [my pastor Veronica] was about 7, her best friend got lost one day. The little girl ran up and down the streets of the big town where they lived, but she couldn't find a single landmark. She was very frightened. Finally a policeman stopped to help her. He put her in the passenger seat of his car, and they drove around until finally she saw her church. She pointed it out to the policeman, and then she told him firmly, "“You could let me out now. This is my church, and I can always find my way home from here."

And that is why I have stayed so close to mine — because no matter how bad I am feeling, how lost or lonely or frightened, when I see the faces of the people at my church, and hear their tawny voices, I can always find my way home. [Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies New York: Anchor Books, 1999, 55.]

Do you get it?

Been away from church for a while? Feeling lost, lonely, confused or something else? I’ve got a solution for you: Come back to you church! I promise you’ll be welcomed with open arms!

Yours for the reign of God,

Fr. Ron