November 28, 2008

Holy Smokes, Batman!

So my father-in-law is being ordained on Sunday. Not as a minister, but as a pastor for his church, which is one of those born-again, non-denominational churches that looks more like an office building than a church. He's been going to their "school of theology" every Thursday for the last year and a half or so and I guess Sunday is his graduation. They've asked us to come. It starts at 10:45 a.m. and we have to drive 45 minutes to get there. I checked their website and that's when their Sunday service starts; I'm guessing the ordination is at the end of the service. So we have to sit through an entire service before the big event.

Oh, and by the by, we're Agnostics. Actually, Rob's more or less an Atheist. I'm pretty sure the building will be a pile of embers by the time we leave, what with our non-believing ways. I hope they have a cry room so I don't have to leave the baby with the daycare center. I have no problem leaving Beth in there, but Bubba still has a bit of a separation problem with me in that he loses it whenever I walk away from him.

With all that's been going on lately, though, I'm starting to wonder (actually, we're both starting to wonder) if a little faith wouldn't do us some good. I mean, my father-in-law has been "putting his life in God's hands" for years now and it's brought him more strife than peace...but there's a lot of people in their church that seemingly have few problems. They're always smiling, going around in their nice cars and clothes that aren't faded and stained because they can shop for clothes on the regular. They don't seem to have financial struggles and although they're all busier than mad hatters with that church, they don't seem stressed out. Is that because of faith or just good luck?

I don't know. Maybe it's just all the bummers we've been dealing with lately, or maybe it's the holiday season, I just find myself questioning stuff like that. What about you? Thoughts?

5 comments:

Valeta said...

I have thought about this too. Maybe not financially but emotionally. People who are in a church community seem to be a lot happier and have a support system. Something I just do not have.

The more I think about it though, if I were to start going to church it would all be a lie. I don't believe in organized religion.

Good luck at church with Bubba.

Diana said...

john lennon said it best...all you need is love.

Darcie said...

I like John Lennon. It wasn't until a few months ago that I learned "Imagine" was about atheism. Ha ha.

Slick said...

Valeta has a totally valid point.

Sometimes faith can change a person's attitude...

Minxy Mimi said...

I am not sure what you need. Once I realized I didn't believe in religion and God, my life fell into place. I think what I would like is Camaraderie. I know many, many religious people and I do not see them as happier at all. they are just the same as you and me. I think that into each life some rain must fall... maybe you got a downpour, but it will end.
I would be interested in going to a Unitarian church... seems like you might be able to explore your feelings in a broad and open minded congregation. Ive been thinking about going...

http://www.uua.org/index.shtml

 
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