a reflection by Norma Moore, Stephen Ministry Leader
We all have stories we need to share. We may not have been through a flood or fire or hurricane recently, but we all have life stories to tell and someone needs to listen to us tell them.
We all have faced change and challenge, loss and grief, joy and sorrow. We all have stories. We all need to tell our stories. Who will listen?
Stephen Ministers are listening. They are skilled and trustworthy, kind and compassionate listeners.They don't give advice or judge. They listen, really listen to us, heart to heart, week after week.
And what happens when they listen to our stories? Well, love happens, healing happens, and hope happens. I know because it happened to me when someone listened to me.
Imagine the kind of friendships, community, church, and world where people listen really listen to each other. Listening is loving one another as Jesus did.
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