Friends Who Pray Together, Stay Together
A spiritual evolution leads to church hopping with girlfriends.
I was raised in the church. Every Sunday I was “forced” to attend a drawn-out service and had no idea what the preacher was jumping and shouting about in the pulpit. One day, at around nine years old, I found the courage to tell my mom that I was no longer going to go to church with her. She looked at me with a stern face and said, “As long as you are under my roof and not paying any bills, your butt is going to church.”
So, I went. Until I went away to college. I was finally free to create my own rules. Still, my mom would call Sunday mornings. “Going to church today?” She would ask. I’d ramble something about deadlines for class papers and needing to wash laundry.
A Shift in Spirituality
After graduation, I moved back home for a year. And it was back to the same old rules: her house, her way. Only this time was different. I developed a liking to church. I got more involved with praise dancing, and no longer felt like I was being forced to go to Sunday service. I genuinely wanted to be there.
Friends Who Pray
I moved to New York City three years ago, and my mom’s principals stuck with me. I met a group of ladies in grad school whose parents had instilled the same spiritual foundation. Our spirituality is one of the things that bonds us. It is much needed, living in a city where the hustle and bustle of daily life can take you from your highest point to lowest.
When one of us is going through something, we pray together. To get us through the hectic week, we send each other texts with words of wisdom and scripture verses. On Sundays we attend different churches throughout the boroughs (we call it church hopping)...then we brunch. It’s interesting to recognize my spiritual evolution, and to see how my girlfriends are very much apart of it.
Just the other day, during an annoying commute to work, where I had been shoved more times than I can count, I received a picture text from one of the girls. “Today’s Word: John 16:33.” She added this personalized message: “Don’t settle for defeat because you are preprogrammed for victory!”
I forwarded it to my mom, who replied with a smiley face. I suppose she could’ve very well be thinking, “Thank God my child isn’t a heathen."
What is your experience with religion and spirituality? Share your thoughts!
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