Our church lost one of our pastors recently. The details aren't important really, but suffice it to say that while it wasn't scandal, it wasn't good either. The public announcement was at a community meeting this last Monday. I have to say - I have NEVER seen something so hard handled so well and so gently.
It is so much easier to be gentle with others when we can keep our own flaws firmly in view. As much loud commotion as folks make for and against the "rotten dirty sinner" thing in Christianity, there's some valuable ore there - provided it's not screeched so loudly it becomes comical. "Nobody's perfect" we say, and just so. True. But simply mouthing that and shrugging it off doesn't stir the soul.
How much easier to handle others gently and in love, even when they've transgressed against us, than to realize the depth to which we've done the same. A painful lesson I think, but one we ignore at our own cost I think.
Oh... and work proceeds... busily. Place is nice if cluttered, and I'm late for dinner before class.
Y'all take care now.