Relationships take time to build. This is a point within life that is true no matter what profession you are in or where you live. Relationships are all around us, and yet we at times tend to hope they will just work out on their own.
As a pastor I don’t really have the luxury of just letting things be. It is through my relationship with God that I am called to be in relationship with the people of my congregation and eventually with the people in the community in which I reside. It is a lot of work though and does not come easy.
Prior experiences have helped as I enter into relationship with my new congregation and names are starting to come to me as I connect faces and names. The thought that God knows all of God’s children by name is overwhelming as I am starting to get to know just a few hundred people. Being in relationship is much more than knowing names though. It is listening to stories and truly getting to know those around you that have a role in your life.
May God continue to be with us in this time of building and being in relationship. May we be guided by the Holy Spirit to get to know one another and listen to one another’s stories.