Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be;
let that grace now like a fetter
bind my wand'ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.
When I recognized the call to ministry there was a part of me that believed that I had to follow it because if I did not I would leave the church for sure. If I did not tie myself to a community of faith, I would easily be pulled away from faith altogether. It's not surprising to me that many of my contemporaries have walked away from the institution of the church. However, I do not believe any one of them is "lost;" they are only doing what many of us also do, seeking diverse ways to make God "real" in their lives. I do believe that God is real and is at work in our lives. And I trust that God's grace is big enough to hold us all, to seal us all, to bind us all together, no matter where we are.