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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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anapests-and-ink Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the idea of a church being a homeless shelter and a homeless shelter being a church. It fits in a way that's both symbolic and spiritual.

There's something very gentle about this poem. Idyllic.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It does have a sort of pastoral feel to it. I was hoping the reveal made a nice little twist :)
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muscularteeth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
i want to believe that God is in the beautiful, selfless things humanity is capable of. this is really heart-wrenching.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That was pretty much the intent here :)
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tirasunil Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome. Such a personal God. The last line reminds me of the legend of the Green Christ in then Ash series by Mary Gentle.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with it - I don't read much Christian lit. anymore. When I did, it was usually Frank Peretti.
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tirasunil Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Writer
It's not Christian lit, it's historical-science fiction-fantasy-stuff.
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
The final line gave me chills.

I go to a pentecostal church, and it does get very exciting. It might seem a dumb question, but are you a Christian?
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am, though I don't attend church regularly.
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
That's cool. I only manage to make it once a month, if that. While going to church is important, it's how you live your life with faith in Christ that's the most important (or that's what I believe, anyway).
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Huh. I didn't know about the dogwood part. I like the idea, though.
I was raised in (and still go to) a non-Denominational church, which can get exciting sometimes. Depends on the pastor/worship (one time we had some guests from India lead worship, which was pretty awesome). Though traditional churches definitely have their downsides. I think that going to church is only one dimension of worship, and that the worship God prefers is something we do in our everyday actions outside of church, like what you wrote about here.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've always felt that the scheduled nature of modern churches often gets too clinical, especially in larger churches where the pastor is unlikely to know every member. Small churches feel more personal, but can also fall into the trap of making church little more than a habit.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Yeah, I can definitely see that. I guess it's a little different for me because my parents have been involved in our church for so long, and I've been helping there for a long time, too. I usually end up taking care of children nowadays rather than attending services, though.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I used to do that as well. My family was involved in a particularly nasty incident with church some years ago though; everyone ended up picking sides and long story short is that the church had been growing so much that they were building a bigger building and over half the congregation left after the incident. Last I heard, that new building had less than 100 members. My parents have only gotten back into church in the last year or two.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Church divisions can get so nasty. Something like that happened before I was born. I don't know how the branch off is doing, but the main bulk is rather large still. We don't have enough room for everyone, even with four different weekend services. It's kind of insane 
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