Recovery meetings are often an absent aspect of Church life. Why? Because messy people have messy problems and Churchy people not only design programs to be comfortable, they don't want to be involved with messy, uncomfortable situations.
...describing how discipleship works. This is a very, very messy business. Not sterile, but hands on. People come. They go. They come back. This is a battle and the sword of the Word cuts deeply. Warriors for God will have blood on their hands but survive to dance in the streets like David did.
Hate is responsible for the desolation of peoples, cultures and economies. Hate cuts us off from God. It does not belong in a harangue from church pulpits.
This Sunday morning, prior to arriving to worship our battle was particularly pitched. Driving to services, there was time to pray, get centered and surrender - but with such an undertow of hopelessness.
Questioning our anonymity... Should it be put on the altar? In 12-step programs we always respect anonymity. It's a necessary component of self-help community. But Christianity isn't conducted anonymously.
Preventing Compassion Fatigue When Caring For Your Partner - Thrive Global Worth a read for sure... https://apple.news/A2Qa7ABd1STm5lU7hEpsMIA
"Lord" he said "If you're really there, if you are who you say you are... I need to hear from you. I really need to know you're there."