I am not one to post a lot of highly personal information out here on the internets. While this blog is certainly opinionated, you'd generally be hard-pressed to know what's going on in my day-to-day life based on what I post here. So I'm posting this with some trepidation, but here goes:
Our church family really needs your prayers. Without going into specifics, we've had two separate, unrelated, very personal, very painful situations develop over the course of the weekend. Two families are hurting, our teenagers are shaken to the core, and our ministry team is working until all hours to help them. One family needs nothing short of a healing miracle. Another needs a deep sense of peace. And our kids need to know that none of this is their fault, that it's okay to be angry, hurt, and confused, and that they can trust the adults in their lives to be there for them no matter what. Please pray for all of them.
Last night I sat in a circle on the sanctuary floor with a bunch of our youth and the other adults who care about them. We shared memories and stories and feelings and songs and lots of tears. We shared moments for which there are no words. We made it as clear as possible that we will be there for each other, and that no one will walk through this alone. It made me proud to be part of this church family and to be friends with a group of kids who do such a great job of taking care of one another.
When it was my turn to share, I told the kids about a song I'd heard on the way to church. One of the lines in that song deals with the idea that brokenness is love's cradle or source. When I heard that line, I couldn't think of anything but Paul Tillich's sermon, "Love is Stronger than Death." Love is stronger than death. No matter what died inside our friends, no matter what will die inside of us as a result of these things, sitting under our church's cross, that ultimate symbol of love conquering death, we know that no death is stronger than the net of love that binds us all together. We would appreciate your prayers as we live out that love with one another.