This week I participated in a spiritual retreat in North Carolina. The daily rhythm of worship, teaching, silent reflection, and sharing in community are life-giving to my body, mind, and spirit. Nearly each day I was able to walk the beach, sometimes alone and sometimes with a trusted soul-friend.
Earlier this week Jan pointed out something that I had missed. There was a protective fence, stakes and red tape, set up right in the sand, around a deep hole. It was to protect turtle eggs buried on the beach.
Healthy churches practice the building of hedges or fences around the vulnerable, creating a safe space where those at risk can thrive. I am thankful today for every Interfaith Hospitality Servant, Stephen minister, children, youth, or adult leader who creates a safe place where members of the community can feel safe. Thank you, Hyde Park Community United Methodist, for your commitment to be a place that protects the vulnerable so life can thrive.
In Christ’s Joy,