My particular congregation here at Church of the Resurrection saved my life 2 years ago.
When I finished my Music Therapy internship at the VAMC in Topeka, I moved to Kansas City in the Summer/Fall of 2010. I went to the Young Adults group and met a girl named Alex, who then introduced me to Cory Ryan (Worship Leader for Students and the Vibe Service at our Leawood Campus), who then introduced me to some of the most caring, authentic people you’ll ever meet on this earth.
I had no family within 1000 miles, and was only in Kansas on faith that God was doing something in my life, and it was here in the midwest.
Fast forward two years, and those same people that Cory introduced me to are just as close to me as family, and I consider them my brothers and sisters. We all come from different backgrounds, have different taste in music and food, and are of different ages. But our love of God, our pursuit in furthering His kingdom, and our hunger to know Him has continued to pull each of us along.
When one of us doubts or struggles, the others are there, encouraging and pulling us up from the pit. None of us are perfect; we make mistakes, let each other down, and misunderstand each other from time to time. But I tell you what; if it wasn’t for this ragtag group of guys and gals cheering me on, I never would have gotten to where I am today.
I get the fortunate opportunity to have dinner with one of these families tonight, and I look forward to continuing sharing my life with people that strive to love God and love people well. It makes me a better person, and I love them for that.
What would I have done 2 years ago had it not been for just a few people that took the time to get to know me?
It took just one person introducing me to Cory, and then the rest was history.
I know for a fact that there are THOUSANDS of people at Church of the Resurrection, and MILLIONS in the church as a whole.
If you take a second to think of who would pull you out of the pit, could you name a few people? I hope and pray you can.
If not, please know in your heart that you are not meant to live this life alone. There are so many people that are around to help pull you up, and cheer you on in your journey of life, and you can do the same for them!
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