“Our life is full of brokenness… How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives?” With these words, the writer and teacher, Henri Nouwen describes honestly what we have all experienced.
It’s important that we as Christians acknowledge our brokenness. Our very faith is grounded in Christ’s promise, “this is my body broken for you.” Yet don’t we so often cling in denial to our culture’s constant messages that, on our own, we can be strong, self-sufficient, complete?
We live with brokenness in many ways. We break promises to ourselves and to others. We experience strife and separation with people we love. Personal goals we seek to achieve sometimes elude us. We feel broken when we lose friends and loved ones through death.
Yet, as Christians, we believe that God promises to make us whole through His loving participation in our lives. His grace eases our pain and restores our confidence. Believing these promises, Presbyterians established this ministry of the Center to witness to God’s faithful presence in our lives. And, today, the Center remains committed to helping people journey toward wholeness through its ministry of counseling.
Call 910-452-7370, and visit the Center: www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org
Jonathan R. Kelley