Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

That's the United Methodist slogan now. And all of us are struggling with the ins and outs of it. But tonight was the Trustees meeting and one of the questions we are asking is what if the doors are too open? Can they be too open? We have someone sleeping out back who has, we think, been coming in when folks come in for classes, then disappearing somewhere and once the classes leave can then stay in the church. This is a constant struggle for almost every church there is. When do we help, when do we refer, when do we chase away? Every once in a while there are some easy answers in this conversation, but not very often and when there are easy answers, there are usually lot of pain somewhere in the mix.

We know that all of us are going to have to be more diligent about locking doors and checking in building - always in pairs, please. Safety and protecting children is a high priority. But often there is no real danger and most of the time someone hurting and needing care which we may or may not be able to give. All this mixed up with a new pastor who doesn't know the services available yet. It is a good problem to face and I think we will find God in lots of places as we struggle with the questions.

Ted Rule for the Spiritual Journey #764 Open your heart wherever there is someone in trouble, always let it in, never grow callous to the needs of those around us, but But BUT only do what God calls us to do. There are more needs in the world than we can ever solve, but Jesus calls us to live in compassion -- ALWAYS. Whatever answers Christians have to give in the world come compassionate, risking hearts. But, we can't do everything. Which leads us straight to the question: what does God want us to do? Good thing for Trustees to discern wouldn't you say.

What do you think we should do?


  1. Pastor Ted learns quick! I like the comment about remaining compassionate but knowing that there is more wrong than we can possibly fix, but keeping compassionate nonetheless.

  2. Isn't this one of the hardest things? I find that no matter how much I "understand" it, I am constantly having to center and remind myself.