Mess: the pastoral challenge
Sifting and sorting through mess is the pastoral challenge. No time is it more challenging than during Advent/Christmas and Holy Week. Adding to the challenge of logistics, production, deeply held sentiments about worship styles, musical favorites, food and entertaining, is the scheduling of 2 weddings (one today and one after Easter) and 2 funerals (one Monday and another to be determined).
When all these events and services converge, the question is: what's real? What's the significant? Where is the eternal and abiding in the middle of decorations and decisions? Where is the pastoral voice and presence helpful and discerning and when does it add to the stress and chaos? Am I a welcomed co-discerner with families and friends or one more petty bureaucrat and functionary? Am I a good-news bearer or a clutterer?
"Lord make me an instrument of your peace."