The rain is coming. Despite all the months of planning and my assurances that it wouldn't. Despite the weather forecast the previous week saying it wouldn't. The rain is coming. It was 8 o'clock on Sunday morning and I was sitting in the park with my laptop, projector, phone, HDMI cable, adaptors, and extension cord. It was all hooked up and tested and worked. My colleague and I had planned this day for a while; two communities and four churches would come together in the park and worship together. The kids could run and play, the adults would worship and visit, there would be donuts and coffee for all to enjoy. But the rain came.
I made a phone call and we moved inside a community building. A few phone calls, a few texts, some help from others, and everyone knew to come to the community building and not sit in the pouring rain. We had a great experience and plan to do it again next summer.
It was a great experience with great people. I'm sure there will be more lessons that come after some time to think and reflect. Yes, sometimes the rain comes. But it doesn't stay. Soon, the sun pops back out. Be well, friends.
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Hi, my name is Melissa Ebken, and I'm so glad you found your way here.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
I started the Pursuing Uncomfortable Podcast to share the stories of people who have faced life's most difficult challenges, to inspire you to lean into and overcome your own. It's helpful to know that you're not alone in your struggles and to see how others have navigated similar circumstances. You can listen to it here.
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