June 8 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Kyle Doebler

Friends: 

 Whenever I start a new exercise program, I am, invariably, sore for what seems like eons as my body adapts. New muscles grow, and my body eventually gets used to it. I get stronger, and the pain subsides.  

 The same thing is true when it comes to difficult conversations. If you’re like me, you didn’t grow up talking much about race. Engaging in the conversation feels awkward. What are the right words to use? What if I say the wrong thing? What can I even do about such a big issue? These are conversations that we don’t have often—for many of us, we don’t have to have them often—and so, naturally they feel awkward. These conversations require “muscles” that for many of us, we haven’t developed. 

 But, as with exercise, so with difficult conversations. The more we try, the better it gets. The more we try, the stronger we become. I wish there were some other way, but again, as with exercise, so with difficult conversations. The only path to progress is through the difficulty.  

 So, I want to invite you to our two-part conversation on Race and the Gospel. Together, we’ll create a safe space to have some difficult conversations. We’ll talk honestly about the racial challenges facing our country, and of course, we’ll shine the bright light of the gospel. 

 Our conversations begin this Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM. To get the link to the meeting, please email me by 3:00 that afternoon.   

Grace & peace, 
Kyle