After telling of the tragic deaths of two brothers who were trying to live outside of gang life, he writes,"In the end, effective outcomes and a piling of success stories aren't the things for which we reach. Though, who am I kidding, I prefer them to abject failure and decades of death. But [ministry] is not about preference. It's about the disruption of categories that leads us to abandon the difficult, the disagreeable, and the least likely to go far. On most days, if I'm true to myself, I just want to lean into the challenge of intractable problems with as tender a heart as I can locate, knowing that there is some divine ingenuity here, 'the slow work of God,' that gets done if we are faithful."
Luther calls us the priesthood of all believers. As believers, we all have a call to ministry. Can you identify a ministry where you are currently active? How are you standing with the difficult, the disagreeable, and the least likely to go far? Come join us on Sunday as we seek to unite into as tender a heart as we can be, seeking to be part of "the slow work of God" in this place.