For the church to be pastoral it must be willing to engage in the real human drama of people's lives. This means entering into their pain and confusion, and even the messiness of life. Rarely are answers clear-cut and self-evident. As pastoral caregivers in the church, we must be willing to struggle with people as they try to figure out what to do. Moral and ethical dilemmas become
opportunities for the church to express its care by its willingness to sit with people in the midst of
turmoil and despair.
It's not always easy to care for and be with others in the midst of the complex, confusing
circumstances of contemporary life.
May the knowledge of God's love and care be within us in such a way that we naturally reflect that love and care to others.