Saturday, November 23, 2013

At 15, What Have I Learned?

Care of the Soul Counseling and Companions of the All-Faiths Festival marks 15 years since its formal founding in 1998.

Some asked what I learned, while others treat this self-help system like a 'hotel' with little regard for building rapport, and taking time to heal up.

That the rewards of this counseling ministry rest in knowing progress in recovery and healing is being made.

That loops need to be closed that others open, and, are left undone and incomplete.

That although all that one does is not finished or perfect, it is a start, something to begin the conversation needed.

That leaders are often left to decide after input from others.

That committees help but often treat such meetings as social outlets without the serious nature needed for decisions.

That people heal up when they feel safe and trusting in an environment of care and compassion.

That what seems specific as an issue or problem to one person, is generally common for many others.

That the healing therapy and spiritual solutions were given by spiritual giants like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross of Spain long before Sigmund Freud, among others.

That although I enjoyed being a pastor in a parish many times and much of my 37 years ordained, this cryptic assignment hardly gets the moral and material support it merits.

That God is good all the time.  All the time God is good.

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