Your voice is Impactful.
Today, I want to share an appreciation story that has been on my heart.
(If you've been following my blog, you know I've got to lay a little foundation before I get to the point. Please be patient, I'm new to this.)
When it comes to religion as an adult, I call myself agnostic. For those of you who don't know what that is, (and maybe want to) I have included the definition below:
Agnostic is defined as; a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
I personally believe that each individual person gets to determine their faith, and that not one way is right from another. I came to this conclusion after growing up in a fundamental church.
Growing up in a fundamental church was an interesting experience to say the least, but when you walked into that church-house, you felt a bevy of emotion. The feelings are good and bad, but I believe I got a lifetime of lessons in a decade. I am appreciative of every thing I felt there.
I felt joy, I felt familiarity, and I felt heard through prayer. I felt the kindness from other broken people who just wanted to see me be whole again too. I felt community. Even though we had been discarded by society the church made us feel equal. We all worked towards one common goal together.
Today I sat across the table from my husband and sang “He didn’t have to” in my best Khristi impression. That sentence will only make sense to a few people. Khristi, was a lead vocalist in our church choir. She was incredibly talented. An extremely kind and caring human, who I am so thankful to know. I also know that Khristi used her gift to touch the souls of others. Its been a lot of years since I’ve heard your voice in person my friend, but I’ll hold it in my heart forever.
I’ll hold onto the feelings of happiness instead of resentment. I’ll hold onto the feelings of love instead of division. I’ll hold onto the feelings of understanding instead of hypocrisy.
I’m including another one of my favorite gospel songs for you. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.
P.S. Thank you, Khristi Dew, for your impact in my life. I love you, friend.