Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sacred Sunday

I'm thinking of doing "Sacred Sunday" as a weekly feature. I envision it as a post about favorite saints, Bible verses, hymns and an occasional  brief catechism of why Catholics do what we do. I will not use it to proselytize but just as a way to share the faith that, upon my conversion 15 years ago, made me who I am today.


This week I'd like to share what is perhaps my very favorite Christian song verse:


Who am I that the voice that calmed the seas,
Would call out through the rain and calm the storm in me.


-from Who am I  by Casting Crowns


Wow. When I first heard these lyrics I was literally brought to tears. That is EXACTLY how I felt when I discovered Jesus. You see, I began this journey about a decade prior to my actual conversion. I was a mess. I was a college graduate with a good, decent job but emotionally I was terribly scarred. I was suffering from anorexia and bulimia, self loathing, and depression. It was an intensly lonely and isolated time in my life.


On a whim, I decided to go to church one Sunday morning. When I walked into the beautiful sanctuary I wanted to fall to my knees. An overwhelming sense of love and acceptance enveloped me. At that moment, I knew I was where I belonged. Our dear Lord began to calm that "storm" within me. 


This, my friends, was the beginning of my conversion. I continue to be a "work in progress", but then again, aren't we all?

14 comments:

Tonya said...

Yes we are...beautiful post.
Visiting from SITS, have a blessed day.
www.tuesdaysattonyas.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

How beautiful that you recognize God's Hand guiding you! I love that.

As a Cradle Catholic, I have my own story of "falling away" and "coming home". I like your idea of Sacred Sunday. I may do some of my own and link up to you, if that's ok. I've been trying to figure out a way to express my faith in my blog.

Great idea!

Jephy's Mom said...

I am interested in learning about your faith journey.

I grew up in the Anglican church and married a guy from a much more conservative background. He could not relate to an Anglican service so we church hopped for a few years. We were both baptized in the Mennonite church in our thirties. And yes, I am definitely a work in progress. The good news is, I have found some really great mentors.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Just want to say Have a great day from the Jew!

Holly said...

That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing that. We have only begun attending church (as a child my family did not attend a church..I went with friends occasionally) about 3 months ago. My son loves it. The church we go to is small and welcoming and a good fit. I think that is what we needed we feel comfortable and a sense of peace when we are there.
Holly @ 504 Main

Raoulysgirl said...

I would also love to hear more of your journey. Though we read the fine print differently, I think our hearts are in the same places and afford us a kinship that only faith can provide. Lovely post!

Lissaloo said...

Beautiful words from a beautiful song :)

Kimberly said...

I love your post, and what a great idea. Being Catholic has always called to me too. The journey is such a path to your own spiritual enlightenment. It is not only healing to share it, but a great service to all that read it. Thank you so much for your post!

5thsister said...

Sorry I couldn't reply earlier. I was at work and they blocked all blog access (darn it!) I just wanted to thank you all for your comments. Now to come up with a topic for tomorrow...

Ms Bibi said...

Beautiful post.

I admire your strong faith and conviction.
I always believed in God , but started doubting my faith few years ago and it took me some time to open my eyes again and see the light.

kys said...

There will be something for you when at SFA when the next post goes up.

Melissa B. said...

Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post! SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

michelle keith said...

Very nice post... a song that inspired me in the past was "springs of Life" by Ginny Owens- it's a few years old but she has this voice that can swell your heart. I am surprised se isn't more mainstream with her talent....anyway, that soung kind of "ungrounds" me when I feel I am too caught up in worldly matters.No matter what I want- it's my needs that are always fufilled by God.looking forward to more posts!

Tiffany said...

lovely post. we are a work in progress. i remind myself all the time that i am not my mistakes. jesus loves me; i should love me too.

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