Pastoral Pondering 2/6/2017
This past weekend was full of blessings! Imago Dei hosted the Preaching for All Saints and Sinners workshop. 16 people from various MCCs gathered to investigate what good preaching that offers hope to all looks like. In addition to new understandings new relationships were developed and existing relationships were strengthened. And our church was blessed with an incredible sermon by Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos whose words encouraged our relationship with God and those that we live with in these troubling times.
Did you notice how many times I used the word relationship in the previous paragraph? It’s because this gathering was a prime example of how I believe we as a church can fulfill our call to nurture healthy relationships. This is a critical time in the history of humanity for us to seek to have a healthy relationship with ourselves, with one another and with God. Our Christian perspective uniquely equips us to not only be aware of our own need to pursue healthy relationships but it encourages us to seek right relationships with and on behalf of others as well.
Healthy relationships are affirming and life enhancing. They are based on respect and a desire for the highest good of both self and other. I encourage each of us to take time this week to consider our relationships. Are you the relationships you are in with yourself, those you live with and God the kind of relationships that Jesus encouraged us to have? If so, let’s celebrate them! If not, let figure out how we as individuals and a church can nurture relationships that are spiritually healthy.