During my recent visit to the Lifenet gathering in Croatia I came to realise how important holding individuals is, especially during times of upheaval and when change happens during and after a ceremony. This at first seems to contradict my expectation that my minister’s role should primarily involve offering public prayers, spiritual counselling, or facilitating ceremony.

Sometimes I feel my strongest sense of contribution was when I can silently hold those who are processing what may be challenging experiences.

Those of us who stand in the background and say little–who might often not be widely acknowledged–may indeed have the most demanding and certainly one of the most important ministering roles to play.

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