When I first shared this post, I received a lot of feedback from readers and much of it went something like this: “I wish my pastor would read this.” or “I’d love to share this on my own FaceBook page but I’m afraid someone might be offended.”
I didn’t write this post to point fingers but I did write it to drag into the light a hidden place of pain and division within churches.
There are so many hurting people in our pews and we cannot continue to ignore our responsibility to minister to them. So to you who are timid, I say, “Be brave! Share! There is no shame in sharing the truth in love!”
“I am a shepherd. My goats and sheep depend on me for food, for guidance and for their security.
And every day I am reminded that a shepherd’s heart is revealed by the way he or she cares for the weakest and most vulnerable of the flock.”
Read the rest here: Loving Well: How the Church Can Serve Grieving Parents and Other Hurting People