If this is not a place
where tears are understood,
then where can I go to cry?

- Ken Medema

“Community is a terrible place, a place where our limitations and egoisms are revealed to us.  When we begin to live full time with others we discover our poverty and our weakness, our inability to get on with others… our mental and emotional blocks; our affective and sexual disturbances, our frustrations and jealousies …and our hatred and desire to destroy.”

Jean Vanier

Jean’s words are good news to some and horrifying to others.  Why would we want to be seen with such clarity?  And even if someone saw something as ugly as he describes, surely it is an anomaly rather than the rule… so we reason.

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 19:9-14

May God grant you the horrifying and freeing gift of true community as you seek to become more like His Son.  And thank you for participating with us in this process.

Because He Is Near,



NOTE:  Thank you for holding us before the throne.  We sense God’s hand on our lives and in our midst.  He continues to bring us potential staff as well as those seeking mentoring and soul care.  One by one we strengthen and challenge leaders to remain faithful and vibrant in their truest calling – to look more and more like Christ – out of which they engage their holy vocation.  We are grateful for the small role He has given us to plan within the context of His larger story.

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