Since I've closed my blog, my only reader is you, Ronnie. You'd think that means I'd be more willing to sit here and type the things I'm really thinking instead of constantly editing how I need my thoughts to read, but that's clearly not the case. Otherwise, there would be more than two posts in the last four months.
I've been thinking a lot about what you said about nostalgia--particularly church nostalgia. I think tonight I'm super guilty of the same sort of sentiment. It's not about the old church, exactly. I can't gloss over the problems enough to be guilty of nostalgia in that respect.
I don't belong at The View. I'd like to tell you I know exactly why, but I can't. Everyone else seems to be finding a little niche, but I can't figure out what I'm supposed to be doing there or why I felt drawn there in the first place. The deep connections we had before the Josh saga have largely disappeared and few people seem to interact the way they did previous to that incident. Jermaine and Mallory, who were great connection points for me, have left for another pasture (which I hesitate to identify as "greener" as I'm not entirely sure that's the case) which was further small group displacement. Not only that, but I really connected with Mallory which you well know isn't something I do easily. I alienate people. It's my personality. But it's weird for church dynamics. I assumed that being a Mom would automatically connect me to the other moms, but that's a misconception. I'm probably never going to work in the nursery or kid's church. It's just not my thing. (And one Sunday of accidentally saying something inappropriate to a repeater would prove that true.)
I don't want to be a part of Praise and Worship. I don't want people to look at me. I don't want to be on the stage. But music is such a vital part of worship for me.
So I'm nostalgic. I miss my women's group. I miss their consistency and welcoming nature. I miss our understanding and their commitment to drawing others to Christ. I miss their lack of judgment on how Christ works through individuals. And that nostalgia means I feel sorry for the people who must really just long for the day when they felt like they really belonged.
You think that's what nostalgia is about?