Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to ”spreading the Good News” by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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Throughout the year we are hearing from members of the Bethlehem Community as an opportunity to hear how God's Story has resonated with our neighbor and hopefully finding some resonance between our story and theirs. This month, Bill Vossler shares his story of finding resonance with God’s Story again after 18 years away from religion. Bill’s childhood church experience was filled with shame and guilt for sins he didn’t even understand. When his mother remarried, his step-grandmother added to Bill’s fear of God’s wrath and shame for sins of his father (and grandfather, and great-grandfather). Leaving his ancestral hometown and congregation behind Bill didn’t step foot in a church again, except to play basketball, for 18 years until he married Nikki Rajala. Bill started attending Bethlehem with Nikki and found a very different faith community. A community that welcomed Bill just as he was, for who he was and one that focused more attention on God’s love for humanity than the hellfire & brimstone of the apocalypse. We hope that some small part of the Story of God at work in Bill’s life finds resonance with Your Story so that we all might better connect with God and our community!