Walking With Those Who Need Us

Walking With Those Who Need Us

“And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them …”

Tim was nine when the last of many foster-care placements began to break down and he was placed in a home where children received special care and help. Tim was a sad and angry young boy who, having been put into care by his mother when he was six, hated the world. He was often sullen and aggressive, though occasionally he revealed a wicked sense of humor and some sparkle.

During his time at the home, his care-givers would arrange for Tim to meet with his mother. Each time it would be the same. Tim would be excited, full of hope and plans, confident that this time things would be different and his mother would want him back. It was a very normal reaction for any child. Each time, however, the pain would be greater. Tim’s mother would express her pleasure at seeing him, give him sweets and they would go off for the day. Then it would end and Tim would return, agitated, withdrawn and angry, refusing to talk. His hopes and dreams were once more dashed. It took a great deal of being alongside him, listening to him and helping him to make sense of what had happened to him, before he could move on and begin to live with a different kind of hope. Continue reading

Intention vs Consequence

Intention vs Consequence

   “Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’

Writing in the Harvard Business Review [April 23, 2013], busi­ness consultant Peter Bregman tells of running late one evening. He was to meet his wife, Eleanor, for dinner, but a client meeting had run longer than expected and he was 30 minutes late.

Arriving at their table in the restaurant, he apologized. “I didn’t intend to be late,” he said!

Eleanor replied, “You never intend to be late.”

Uh-oh; she was mad! Continue reading