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One of Those Days

Every new clergyperson has that one first day in a new position where things happen and authority is challenged.  My day came today.  Not so much that I was challenged personally, but a lack of communication and a failure to understand made for a tense moment or two.  I think the moment has come and gone, but I could be deluding myself.  I remembered my classic customer service practice of breathing slowly, commenting even more slowly, keeping my tone down and my voice calm.  After we reached an understanding, I sought to cap the moment.  We'll see if it helped or hindered the process.  But today, for the first time, I felt that Outreach and "Inreach" collided with one another.  My eyes are opened, but my heart is not hardened.  Thank you, Lord, for shepherding me through the day, and through this event.  I am clay in your hands, Lord.  Set my on that potter's wheel.  Make me, mold me, fill me, lead me.  Amen.