God is working his purpose out
Well, the Finance Committee met tonight to write the 2006 budget. It was a painful process, but once again, as with all the meetings we've been having this fall, attendance was good, people spoke the truth in love, and we solved problems instead of defending positions.
It's exhausting to do this, but I appreciate what's happening. I have hope for this congregation. It's already such a warm and hopeful place. But now, finally
it may awaken from its sleepwalking and decide to make some things happen that need to be done.
People are getting on the same page: slowly; painfully; but with real dialogue and a desire to go forward. I hope I'm not just reading my desires into this; I really think God is moving among the people here. It's not going to be easy, but it may turn out to be a truly wonderful burden to lead this congregation over the next months.