12 December 2007

Sometimes Misfits Belong

In September 2006, I introduced the concept about being a misfit. I told you that Rudolph was one of my favorite Christmas shows because I could relate.
I'm a misfit.
A dentist elf, a toy bird who swims instead of flies, a prospector searching for a peppermint mine, a reindeer with a shiny, red nose.
Why don't I fit it in?
This past Sunday night, we watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer again. The old sympathies arose for Rudolph and Hermey, who, "even among misfits you're a misfit!" (another truism for me!)
But I caught something else. In the end, after the Abomidable has been conquered and Rudolph's family saved, after Santa asks, "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" there's another line I'd missed before.
"Sometimes even misfits belong."
Because I belong now.
I like what's said in that statement: you may still be a misfit, a dentist elf, a reindeer with a shiny nose, a Charlie-in-the-Box, but you can belong too.
Back in April, Chris and I started visiting this church. It's an Anglican church. Chris and I both came from years of Bible church communities, so why an Anglican church?
We visited because good friends of ours go there.
We kept visiting because we liked what we saw.
We liked the evangelical theology and the liturgy with the weekly emphasis on the Eucharist and the focus on serving both the community and the world.
In September, we became members. I cried. I cried because for the first time in a long time I could say, "I love my church." I cried because I belonged.
I have friends here. I'm involved here--I started a book club and I'll be teaching a Bible study in the spring and I'll be serving a local community orphanage with my church. On Sunday mornings, I want to get up and go to church. I can't wait to worship God, to see friends.
I'm sharing this because it's come full circle. This blog is not just about my struggles. It's about my joys.
And sometimes even misfits belong.


Michelle Pendergrass said...


I'm so glad you found a place to belong!!!

Robin said...

{{{double hugs}}}

I remember that post then...I remember your frustration (? another word?) in feeling like that...and it's WONDERFUL you've found this home. Soooo happy for you, Heather. :)


Erin said...

Your misfittiness is going to be a blessing and a push out of the safety of the nest for some people there, I'm sure.

And I pray you are challenged by others within that same Body. Hooray for the Author and Perfector of our faith, who has a place for EACH of us in His kingdom work!

Christianne said...

Awww, I love this story! Thanks for sharing! I have my own misfit woes (and still feel like a misfit most of the time), and I can totally appreciate that feeling like you belong somewhere. Nothing quite like it.

Heather said...

Thanks, guys! I feel like I just got engaged because I go around telling everyone, "Hey, I love my church!"

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Congrats!! Finding a church home can be truly life-sucking, but I do believe that fellowship with believers is truly life-giving.

We recently were led to leave our church (after months of sticking in because God directed us to). While we are still trying to fit in, we also love what our new church stands for and how they communicate it.

P.S. I wrote "Congrats" in my comment and then read your comment about feeling like you just got engaged.

Pamela said...

I'm excited for you, too. When you find a church that fills you - it's almost like a romance.