ACTS OF FAITH

1993

I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT HOT SATURDAY IN THE SUMMER OF 1969, WHEN MY MOTHER ANXIOUSLY CUT AN ARTICLE OUT OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER. SHE ASKED ME TO DELIVER IT TO A CLOSE NEIGHBOR. I REMEMBER HER ENTHUSIASM IN SHARING THE ANNOUNCEMENT; A ROMAN CATHOLIC. MISSION WAS BEING FORMED IN KERNERSVILLE. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MISSION, OR WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A CATHOLIC IN A SMALL SOUTHERN TOWN, BUT MY MOTHER'S EXCITEMENT WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME RUN TO THE NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE.

 

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IT WAS DIFFERENT. EVEN A PROTESTANT WOULD HAVE SEEN IT. FIRST OF ALL IT WAS SMALL, UNLIKE THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCHES WE HAD ATTENDED. THERE WAS NOTHING FANCY OR ELABORATE ABOUT IT. THERE WERE NO PEWS, PAINTINGS OR STATUES, NO RED CARPETS OR STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. YET IT WAS LIT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHINING IN THE FACES OF THOSE WHO BELIEVED THAT ONE DAY OUR MISSION WOULD BE A CHURCH.

 

EACH SUNDAY WE RETURNED TO THE SMILES AND THE HUGS, THE SCENT OF INCENSE AND COFFEE, THE SOUNDS OF GUITAR MUSIC , LAUGHTER AND PRAYER. TEARS OF JOY AND SORROW SPATTERED OUR LIVES AS WE WORSHIPED WITH OUR FRIENDS, AND LEARNED THE TRUE MEANING OF FELLOWSHIP.

 

WE REACHED OUT AS CHRISTIANS TO OUR COMMUNITY. DIFFERENT AND YET A LIKE, WE EVENTUALLY GAINED RECOGNITION AND RESPECT BY SHARING OUR LOVE FOR CHRIST.  IN 1973 HOLY CROSS CHURCH WAS ESTABL!SHED.

I VIVIDLY REMEMBER THINKING THAT WE HAD ALWAYS BEEN A CHURCH, THAT IT WAS NOT IN THE BUILDING BUT IN THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAD FOUND OUR FAITH.

 

TODAY THE &UILDING IS LARGER, ADORNED WITH PAINTINGS AND STATUES. THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WINDOW, AND RED CARPETS LINE THE AISLES. ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE FACES HAYE CHANGED, THEY ARE STILL LIT WITH iHE SAME HOLY SPIRIT THAT SAYS "I BELIEVE".

 

OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT MY VERY FIRST ACT OF FAITH WAS DELIVERING THAT ARTICLE.

 

JENNIFER EDDLEMAN ROBINS