“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future full of hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me: if you seek me with all your heart. I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.”
Now I understand all those years away from the church. And God has brought me back to the place from which I was sent into exile. May the Lord be praised!
It surprised me when I read the passage over again. I had felt guilty that I stopped going to Church for so long, but as He always does, God fixes everything in the end. I am so grateful.