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God became a pastor
for a little church in the backwoods
of the South, nestled
somewhere in the Ozarks where
there were more squirrels
in the steeple than seats in the pews.

He rebuilt it from the ground up,
starting with the foundation He
poured with help from a member
in the construction business.
He bought nails and lumber
from the nearest hardware store;
the shopkeeper’s son painted
smoothed baseboards a pleasant
off-white while He worked
on the roof. The oldest lady
in the community brought aloe
for His chapped hands; her daughters
made sandwiches for the hungry
workers while their children planted
posies and peas in the garden.

When He was finished building,
He removed the weathered sign hanging
at the end of the road. The little ones
painted a new sign with stars and hearts
and tiny handprints pointing the way
to the Dogwood Homeless Shelter.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

- Ephesians 2: 19-22

Part of my God does ordinary things series.

I'm not a fan of traditional church; I don't believe dogmatized boredom is the way God prefers to be worshiped, and I was raised in Pentecostal churches - if you've never been to a Pentecostal service, let's just say it can get exciting when someone gets a fire lit under them.

According to legend, Christ was crucified on a cross made from dogwood. The bracts are said to represent the nails and the stamens the thorns.
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Pianocanival Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I can't pinpoint why, but this caused me to smile and for some reason to say out loud bravo! :clap:

I love the message that connects the idea between shelter and church. It's beautiful. 
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :bow:
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Pianocanival Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :D
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this one too. :D  I also don't believe God would want everyone bored and half asleep in church each week - there's too many boring churches out there.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Way, WAY too many :XD:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: I've been in way too many of them, too. :lol:
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bunocerous Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love this series!
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was reading this and it was pleasant, making God personable, and then I got to the ending. That's quite an ending. I just really love the feel of this poem.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The entire series is about humanizing God a bit :D I actually found this one a little sappy, but I still like it.
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