In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?:
I am fairly new to the church. My husband’s family have been Presbyterians forever. My inlaws were the kindest, gentlest and loving quietly Christian folks one could ever know. I was blest to know them and be part of their family. They loved and supported the Presbyterian church with their heart, their minds and their charity. Only after they passed away did we understand how much they had given through their tiny Missouri church in the farmlands.It was a part of the fiber as I hope someday it will be mine. Mother was the organist, Daddy was a elder, everyone took their turn teaching Sunday school.
When we cleaned out the farmhouse we found 150 years of ” church family history.” Wedding, baptisms, plays, skits, programs,hymns, notes from circle meeting, pictures, World War I and World War II letters and prayers and cards. I have a beautiful Sunday School quilt hanging in our home each square lovingly signed. No one could willingly give this away. They were the eyes and ears of Christ in a tiny part of the world.
We loved them, they loved the church and were followers of The Lord. I often look at my husband and know he has a special soul that come from those people, that place and that church. It is a privilege to be part of it. They would have never walked away.