Karen Swallow Prior
May 22, 2014
I can’t claim to know what it's like to be a religious minority, but I get a taste of it during yoga class.
I think that's a spectacular witness and I applaud you for your patience, allowing God to create the opportunity in his timing. :D
Thank you! But lest I misrepresent myself as more saintly than I am, I haven't really been going there all that time just for this. I do need the stretching badly. :) But it was an unexpected gift and blessing, one that did teach me the virtue of such faithful presence. And such patience. :)
I think it's because you were going there for more than evangelistic opportunities that this story is all the more a testament to your faith and trust in God. Just because some meat has been sacrificed to an idol doesn't steal away its nutritional value (thank you Paul for clarifying that for us), and stretching exercises are good for the body.
Your mature faith shows that God is glorified in your exercising, and in the relationships you are building there. He has shown his grace by allowing you to explicitly glorify him in being invited to say grace over the holiday meal.
Thanks, Tim. Our bodies need stretching just as our faith does!
I'm one of those Christians who's "aware of the dangers" and wish for my fellow believers to be too. That said, I thoroughly support your faithful activity in your purposeful use of your body, your mind and your words for God. You sound like you're in a sweet spot and it's very special to be a light to others in the darkness. Praying you may have all the courage you need for future andanthat that you may be strong in the Lord and the power of his might.
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