My Faith Life

by Roma Panther

   My Faith Life has, now that I think about it,  evolved over the past 60 years.  When I was young and lived at home we were expected to attend church  -- unless we were sick (dying sick) and then we knew we were to watch on TV a show called “The Lutheran Hour” and be able to report to mom and dad about the storyline.  Then I became a teenager and fully dove into confirmation and communion – I think that is when I “got” it.  Being forgiven for everything and going through the sacraments of eating the bread and drinking the wine.  I really felt adult and part of the church.

Then I moved from home and had to rebel for a couple of years – no one here was going to “make” me attend church and have to get up that early!   I found that I missed the singing and mostly the liturgy.  I sought out a smaller Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and later on got married there.  I married a “retired” Catholic (he meant he was no longer attending) and he said he recognized how important my faith was to me and he would support me and would accompany me once a month.


We moved to Iowa City, joined Gloria Dei and both of us embraced  the people, the worship, the music, serving on committees (yes even the “retired Catholic” that is now Lutheran :)).  It is like family to us and has been the encouragement to, “first thing each morning”, do daily devotions to begin our day.





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