Having the Little One taught me a lot about reading non-verbal cues... you know, one indeed can tell simply by looking into babies' eyes whether they are really angry, or scared, or in pain... you don't always know it right away and you don't get it right 100% of the time... but after a while you just know.
It's easy to see pain in another person if you know what it looks like.
Working in a non-ministry environment has opened my eyes to a whole new level of need in the city. So many people who walk through the doors are simply tired of figuring life out and they are looking for a safe place - a safe place away from work and away from home... a place where they don't have to pretend.
We - humans - pretend all the time. We perform... for our spouses... our children... our boss... our families... our friends... often even for God. We feel insecure, we are afraid to be vulnerable with each other for the fear of being judged or misunderstood.
This must not be among Christians.
The people in this city (and your town) are growing weary of pretending... are we ready to embrace them?