Kristin had a remarkable visit at Care Net tonight. A young woman, pregnant and abortion minded, came in for an ultrasound appointment. I won't go into specifics here, but her life is in shambles. She stayed for 2 hours, and Kristin had plenty of time to console her through tears and encouragement. It was a wonderful ministry experience for Kristin.
But the young woman is reluctant about going to church. Church is viewed as a place for good people who have their life together. Hurting people, like this woman, are too embarrassed to go there because they can no longer hide what's really true about everyone--we don't have it all together. We don't want to admit to ourselves, and especially to others, that there are major problems in our life. When those problems can no longer be hidden we tend to hide ourselves.
How refreshing it is when those that are hurting swallow their pride and come to God--and his people--for help. How satisfying it is when God's people can swallow their pride and show Christ's love for the broken and contrite.