You Can Always Come Home!

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:6

Bryan and Alyssa were a young couple with two small kids who lived across from us in our apartment building. Although they kept to themselves, I had the opportunity to talk to them in passing. I had mentioned a few times about my church and all the activities I was involved in while I was coming and going, making sure to invite them to Sunday services if they ever were interested. Although the answer was always a polite no, I could tell that Alyssa seemed interested in the activities I told her about.

One Saturday afternoon, I got a knock on my door from Alyssa. She was asking to borrow a cup of milk to finish a recipe she was making. I invited her in as I poured some milk into a container for her. She spotted the weekly church bulletin that was on my refrigerator.

“Is this the church that you are involved in?”

“Yes, it is!” I replied

“Going to church reminds me of being little again, I had a lot of fun with my friends there. It was nice to be a part of that kind of community, where everyone is looking out for one another. I wish I could give my kids the same thing I had”, She said.

“Well, I said, we have quite a number of young and old at my church. Even a special Mom’s group that meets every week.”

“I didn’t know that…since moving here for Bryan’s job I haven’t been able to make many friends” She said, “but I have been away from church for so long, I’m not sure I will belong anymore”.

She glanced down at the ground and I couldn’t help but feel for her. Being an older woman myself, I was once in her shoes. Trying to find my place in this chaotic world, while trying to be a mother at the same time was exhausting.

“The only way you can come back…” I told her, “is if you leave. Jesus always loves to see you return, and he is so happy when you do! Please join me tomorrow morning, and I would be happy to be there for you in whatever way you like.”

She thanked me and said she would love to have a place to go with her family, and we decided to car pool the next morning. I was overjoyed the whole rest of the night, as God showed me again what a little persistence could do. Sometimes just a regular situation and a little love can turn more hearts toward Christ!

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