Tuesday, December 28, 2010

a safe place

Being Safe Places for Others

When we are free from the need to judge or condemn, we can become safe places for people to meet in vulnerability and take down the walls that separate them. Being deeply rooted in the love of God, we cannot help but invite people to love one another. When people realise that we have no hidden agendas or unspoken intentions, that we are not trying to gain any profit for ourselves, and that our only desire is for peace and reconciliation, they may find the inner freedom and courage to leave their guns at the door and enter into conversation with their enemies.

Many times this happens even without our planning. Our ministry of reconciliation most often takes place when we ourselves are least aware of it. Our simple, nonjudgmental presence does it.
- from Henri Nouwen's Bread for the Journey (Dec. 28)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

the only difference between men and boys...

...is the price of their toys!

This truly is TOO much... in a worship service even!!

maybe now I can justify adding an iPad to next year's worship budget?? HAHA

Merry Christmas!