After I broke my ankle, I did physical therapy to regain balance, flexibility, and strength. Working with a physical therapist, I balanced on boards that tilted, stepped up onto rubber domes that wiggled, and stood on plastic pillows that wobbled.
Life in the church is like balancing on uneven surfaces. Changes happen; challenges arise; difficulties occur. New people bring different perspectives. New situations cause us to rethink cherished ideas.
Some of Paul’s letters, including 1 Corinthians, are filled with advice to congregations balancing on uneven surfaces, and also moving forward into uncharted territory. Yet wrapped up within these stories is the story of the God who remains faithful.
We are called to be a grace-filled community of believers practicing our faith together, even as we balance on uneven surfaces. Let us welcome the challenge and receive it as a gift, because hidden within is the opportunity to stretch and grow.
This message is excerpted from “Ability to balance” by Julie A. Kanarr from the February 4, 2016, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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