i've been thinking and praying.
i don't think our calling is to fix anything. put emotional/spiritual bandaids on. give easy answers. i don't even think our job is to try to make people's pain go away. pain is a great teacher. it's at the heart of the human experience. (i hate to say that because people have said things like that as cop-outs or easy answers. no. that's NOT what i'm saying.) it's not about fixing it ... it's about being present in it.
i think our calling has to do with
- being with people in their pain and joy, with no agenda, no planned outcome.
- if they want tools to better understand their pain - and understand themselves - humbly provide those tools
- don't try to make pain go away; know that the pain is transformed when we let god in
- stand up as a community against systems that enslave and dehumanize people
- learn from the people we are trying to love and be with
- remember that god is mysterious and we only see one part of the picture
- fight like hell for what is about love