Like you, I hear difficult things every day. There’s the news (“Arizona Takes Two Hours to Execute Inmate“) and then there’s work (“I have nothing good to say about our church.“) How do you handle it?
Some people tune out the world. No more news – except maybe Jon Stewart or Colbert.
In Church World, some people simply drift away from their congregation, or maybe they make a long thought-out and prayerful decision to leave.
Ordinarily, I am blessed with the ability to compartmentalize these conflicts and voices and images, and I sleep very well at night. But every once in a while there is That Feeling. I have that feeling as I write this.
It’s the feeling I get when someone who once loved Church has come to a place of such disappointment or disinterest or misunderstanding that he/she has to go. I totally get this but it makes my soul ache.