Songs nudge us to turn to our brothers and sisters in Christ and sing to them in ways that help them keep going too.
My friend has challenged me to move beyond compassion at what is, undoubtedly, profound suffering and to see her as a sister first and foremost. From difference being the main paradigm to sameness. Someone who is like me! Since she is in Christ, the fundamental realities of our lives now and for eternity are the same.
My friends’ collection of sea glass has become a favourite metaphor to describe my experience in the church in recent years. Five years ago, the seemingly strong bottle of my Christian heritage was shattered. No less than three scandals in my Christian circles came to light.
Sometimes walking through life is tougher than we anticipated. What do we need when hardships come our way?
For some people in our churches, Hallowe’en can be a desperately difficult day.