When I started the October challenge of writing 31 blog posts in 31 days about the same topic, I didn’t think I could do it.    But I did.

But it took me more than 31 days.   This is going up on November 7 – so it took me 38 days.    But, in 38 days, I did 36 posts about the church, so I’m willing to go 7 days late.

Why did I go over?   Because I felt like it was important to adequately explore some of the thoughts and issues that were mulling around in my brain.   I didn’t want to just “dust over” them and not do them justice.  

But now it’s done.    So now what?   A couple of things:

  • I’m going to pick back up the work of the Vulnerable Project and work on getting that to the point where it is fully operational and ideally financially self supporting (see http://thevulnerableproject.org) for more.
  • I’m continue to resume blogging on here on random thoughts that I feel are worth writing about.   Thoughts that I feel strongly about – church, family, adoption, orphan care, religion, trauma and more.
  • Writing – for the month of October, I focused my writing about church.   Now I’m going to get working on the adoption book series that I have mentioned before.
  • I’m planning, hopefully within the next month, of taking this series of blog posts and turning them into an e-book.   Probable title –  “Perspectives of a Preacher’s Kid – 31 days worth of thoughts about the church.”   

I hope to have the first book in the Adoption Series (10 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Know  Before Beginning an International Adoption) by the end of the year with more coming after that.  

Stay tuned.

And now, I want to leave you with a blessing that my all time favorite minister ever (and also my Dad) used when he was senior pastor at our church:

The LORD bless you Out There
and keep you Out There;
the LORD make his face shine upon you Out There
and be gracious to you Out There;
the LORD turn his face toward you Out There
and give you peace Out There.”

That’s what church is supposed to be.

That’s what church is supposed to do. 

It’s supposed to equip those who enter the  church with the strength, the blessing and the hope that they need to make it Out There.

Because the devil makes it tough Out There.

But our God makes it better.

Forever.

Amen

TJV