I’m writing to you from Wentworth Falls where I’m spending the week with 5 other pastors helping each other grow in our faith in Christ and focus on ministry in a long term sustainable way. We started the week by taking time to share our life stories, the highs and lows, the glory and the shame. It was quite confronting and emotional (much tears and laughter), but also comforting to be able to share deeply together and trust each other with the intimate details of our lives.
It is remarkable to hear how God has been at work among his people, bringing salvation and reconciliation. We are all broken people with stories of joy and gladness, and stories of shame and sadness. But if we invite Christ to be part of our stories by trusting and submitting to him as Lord and Saviour we can walk with confidence and assurance – knowing that whatever else happens around us we know we are loved by him.
We are the family of God, united by our adoption as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. Let’s tell each other our stories, trusting one another with the highs and lows, the triumphs and the regrets and walking together in love. Let’s not play the game of putting on a facade, but be honest and real with each other. Let’s grow together in love for Christ and one another.