The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

Jesus said: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38 NRSV)
 
 
 

A Note from Pastor Paola:

 
If I try to summarize the past 7 months, I would say they have been wounding.
 
No matter how you stand on Covid19, racial injustice, wildfires, the economy, and the presidential campaign, we all share pain and suffering, anger and frustrations, anxiety and discouragement. The way we deal with that is denial, aggression or defeat. But there is a
different way… Jesus’ way described in the prophetic words of Isaiah: 
 
“The Messiah was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the
punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (53:5)
 
I can be wounded healer. I can be open and vulnerable about my wounds. I can show my pain, then lovingly and gently touch other people’s pain with my words, my silence, my presence, my gift of love. It is called compassion (in the original Latin root means “co-suffering”). My suffering can bring healing to others, not because I have a special power, but because I let God’s healing power work through me.
 
Can you imagine for a moment what would happen if we all use our wounds as a vehicle for God to bring his healing?
 
Wounded healers help others and themselves to find the way to hope out of suffering, because they know that when we travel through death’s valley, we can trust that God remains with us.
 
Dear Salem family, it is our call to be wounded healers, and that allows us to live by hope,
looking to what God is doing among us with courage, boldness and confidence.
 
May God Bless you,
 
Pastor Paola