Revelations: A part of the community
I always joke that I feel like I'm a member of every church in town.
Because chances are, if you attend a church in the Crossroads, I've likely written a story on someone or something in your bulletin.
I once worried (years ago) that one day, if I stayed here - in Victoria - too long, I'd eventually write every story there was to write on religion.
I'd dry up like the River Jordan. Yes, I know; I was surprised, too.
But alas, the more purposely I delve into the lives and spiritual worlds of those around me, I find it's easier to meet remarkable people with equally remarkable faith stories.
I've enjoyed the relationships I've made with so many of South Texas' community of believers.
You all keep me inspired and thinking and curious, and I've taken many of you with me into my prayer time over the years.
It's the little things you all do to encourage me that make so much of a difference in my decision to continue exploring South Texas journalism.
It's the comments on articles, the emails of encouragement and invitations to speak at your functions.
It's your prayers and well-wishes, the voicemails and cards, notes on Facebook and text messages you send.
For the past several weeks, for example, I've been getting morning text messages with Bible verses inside.
Sometimes, I'll read them in the morning, and sometimes, I'll wait until the end of my day.
But I always get the texts, and they offer me a unique moment of each day to remember that someone is thinking about me and wants me to feel loved and spiritually nourished even though I'm not a member of their church.
It's a great reminder to us all that we're all in the same family, and we need to look out for one another as much as possible.
Thank you, area faith communities, for enveloping me in your communities.
I proudly claim you all, every steeple, church body and friend.
Jennifer Preyss is the faith editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss.