Monday, 20 July 2009

Alongside ministry

Today, I attended a memorial service for a colleague's husband. Beautiful tributes were paid and a life tragically cut short in its prime was celebrated. I was particularly moved, however, by the words of a seaport chaplain who addressed the family by saying simply: "Thank you for allowing me to be there for you."
For me, that sums up ministry. We are allowed, for a time, to be there for others. Some encounters are fleeting. Others may be sustained over a period of time. All are an immense privilege. I am constantly grateful for all those who allow us "to be there".

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