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Below is a note that I sent to the show’s team.
Thank you for reading.
Dear Grounded Team,
Thank you for today's episode on "A Simpler Faith." Even though you were talking about men, I feel like the topics talked about related to my situation as well.
Almost a year and a half ago, I left the church that I loved.
In 2008, I prayed to God saying that I was going to try it his way, to purposely learn to trust him more. I went back to my home church, I joined the choir again, I took an adult Sunday school class, I prayed more, I read the Bible through for the first time. And I woke up on Sundays excited to go to church- this and getting through the Bible are how I know that something in me was truly better.
In 2009, I wanted to start a ministry for the college aged group, many of whom I had gotten to know over the previous year and had counted as friends. Things went sour fast. I struggled with what people were doing as well as with some of the things that I was doing. I felt very alone.
I stuck with it (church, Bible study group, hanging out with those whom were my friends) as long as I could. Even though I was so hurt by the things that happened, I did my best to try to reconcile with the group. I put aside what I strongly felt we were supposed to do.
I still felt alone. I didn’t have support either from the established church leaders whom had blessed the original plans for the ministry.
So in 2011, I left. And the people in that church have generally made it easy for me to stay away.
I have kept my faith in God, though even that is struggling because I am still generally alone in it. I know that my pains are with other people and not with God. I love God. I love the church. I love my local church but I don’t know that I can go back there and yet I still believe that God wants me at that church.
The Grounded programs, as well as other resources, have been a great comfort and encouragement to me and for that I thank you.
“A Simpler Faith” is now on my list of books to get and read.
P.S. I have already read “The Flipside of Feminism” and “ The Devil in Pew Number Seven” by your recommendations and they were GOOD.