Me: "When did you find your faith?"
Him: "As I was growing up, I realized that people who believed in the Lord behaved differently and treated other people differently and even though they sometimes failed, they came back to it. Because we all fail. My friends fail. I fail. It doesn't mean you're perfect just because you're a Christian. It just means you keep trying. You're forgiven and you keep trying and you fail again, but you know you're forgiven."
I thanked him for sharing his story, turned off the recorder and got ready to walk away. He stopped me and asked if he could add one last thought. I told him, "Of course" and turned the recorder back on.
Him: "The church I grew up in closed many years ago, and I feel really good about being a part of this downtown Easton church, the First United Church of Christ, because there is something that I cannot put into words, but there's something that I feel, worshipping in a place where people have worshipped for hundreds of years, means something to me. There are places you could worship, and I'm not saying that Christ isn't in those places, but when you worship in a place where you know people have worshipped for hundreds of years before, there's something you feel there."
These are the stories of the people of Easton, PA