This is Michael here. I checked and my last post to this blog was on 4/29/2009... a few days after we ran in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It was less than 25 words. Prior to that, my last post was in December of 2008. If you were trying to convict me of being a blogger in a court of law, you'd have a hard time mounting a case against me.
That said, I was really excited when AM came up with the idea to do 30 posts of thanksgiving during the month of November. So excited, in fact, that I readily volunteered to compose some of those post which is what brought us here, to my 3rd post in almost a year.
In the late spring of 2008, AM and I decided we were ready to find a new church home. At the time, we'd been members of the same congregation for almost six years. Despite a lot of good things happening at the congregation we attended, it just didn't feel (nor had it ever felt) like home. We both made numerous attempts to get involved during the time we were there, and yet, for some reason it never really felt like it was a fit for us. We had (and still have) several good friends there, but we often felt more like visitors than members there. As I said before, the church we were a part of was and is still a really good church. It just wasn't a good fit for us.
That summer, we visited several churches in the north Oklahoma City area, praying before and after each visit for God to show us if that was where he wanted us to be. We even prayed for him to show us if he wanted us to remain at the congregation we'd been attending and make a better effort to connect with people.
After visiting several congregations, though, we felt like God was leading us to the Mayfair Church of Christ, and so we just started showing up there every time the doors were open. We weren't the only ones either. We've come to know and love several other couples our age that all had similar experiences with other congregations and all found their way to Mayfair within a year or so of when we did.
Our time with the Mayfair church has been such a blessing and we can't wait to see what kinds of ministry opportunities God has in store for us there in the future. In the last year and a half, we've become more involved and more connected at Mayfair than we ever were in the six years we spent elsewhere. For that matter, this is the first time since my teenage years that I've felt such a strong connection to, ownership of, and responsibility for the work of a local church.
We're still not entirely sure why God placed it on our hearts to visit different churches last summer, but we both feel like we're exactly where we're supposed to be and can't wait to see what God has in store for the Mayfair church.
So... for day 2 of 30 days of thanksgiving, we're thankful for our church family at the Mayfair Church of Christ.
As a side note, since the OKC Memorial Marathon, my running has been about as regular as my blog posting. However, today, I got back on the treadmill and ran a mile and a half. Here's to new beginnings in both blogging and running.