I had not been to church in many, many years. Once my mother no longer required that I attend church, I stopped going. As a teenager, I had more important things to do on a Sunday.
As weeks passed that turned into years, I found myself wondering why I could not settle into life. Why I could not settle into my job. Why I was constantly looking for the 'next' thing. After all, I had a great life: a loving family, a fantastic job, good health and I was living in Wellsboro (the best place on earth).
Every year my daughter's school holds a book fair. As she was shopping for third grade readers, I was socializing with the other parents in the room. Then it happened. I circled around the table and looked down. My eyes fell upon the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper. Without hesitation I bought the book. My eyes were finally opened.
This story gave me answers and many questions at the same time. It showed me what I was missing in my heart. It opened my eyes to God's wonderful grace. It gave me peace. It brought me back to church again.
Even though I still struggle with my way in this world, I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone. God is with me every step of the way and I will never part from His side again.
God loves each of us. Today and every day to come. May His love for each of us shine from our hearts to touch everyone around us this Christmas season. Merry Christmas to all!