When we found Mt Hope Church in Williamston several months ago, it was totally God’s leading. I had been very unimpressed with churches in the area. And I really had a hard time taking my family to a church that wasn’t on fire for God.
As a kid, I remembered riding along with my Mom to go to Mt Hope Church in Lansing. We lived in Jackson at the time. My brother was in school. So I would have been about 4 years old. It seemed like the longest drive ever to go to Lansing to pick up my Grandma Case and take her to the healing hour at Mt Hope. I remember being there. But I don’t remember much else.
I attended a church just down from my house when I was a teenager. I didn’t care for the “church” part, it seemed so boring. But Ruth Spragg made Sunday School memorable. Ruth, Karen, and Jim made youth group wonderful. And then I went away to college.
For my freshman year, I attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. On Sundays, I went to Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow; the next town over. Talk about leaving an impression!! When I moved back home, I couldn’t imagine finding a church that was so filled with God’s love, excitement, and energy. I had very little hope of having such a church here.
When we got serious about finding a church, God led us to Mt Hope of Williamston. And, it has been wonderful! This morning’s service was amazing! You could feel the presence of God there. The worship songs were straight from Heaven. They brought tears to my eyes. And as I looked around, I wasn’t the only one.
After the service, we went out to lunch (and got the yummy dessert pictured below). I tried to say a few words to the kids on the way to lunch. They were hungry 🙂 Teenagers! I hope they noticed. I pray they understand that although they aren’t used to such a feeling; the presence of God in that church this morning was something precious and to be strived for regularly. A person doesn’t always get to feel God. Faith is to live by, and more than sustains for the times when we don’t feel God with us; we still know he is. Because he said he is. And he doesn’t lie.
Tonight I am thankful for a very blessed morning today at church. I wish you all could have been there. That is one of the best feelings in the world, to feel God’s presence. It is strange when you don’t know what it is, because it is different than anything we are used to ourselves. But once you know in your heart what it is; it is humbling, precious, and to be celebrated. 🙂