I ran across these photos of "repurposed" churches this morning. All of these buildings used to house churches and now are used for everything from bookstores to restaurants to a Dunkin Donuts store front.
And it made me think again about how "church the building" is so different than being part of a faith community.
"Church the building" can seem like it's a permanent thing, but it's not at all. These days we watch as congregations are combined due to financial constraints. We see churches burned down in various parts of the world - out of hate sometimes.
And those who attend "church the building" sometimes have to move on. There may be a geographical job change, a retirement, or we may choose to change our "church the building" for some reason.
In these times, "church the building" is more challenged than ever before.
Carrying our faith with us, however, is something we can always do, no matter what our circumstances.