Saturday, September 06, 2008

Mediation or running interference?

I've been invited to help mediate a family meeting tonight.  Not my family, but dear friends.    I'm so glad they trust me enough to ask me to help them navigate these unknown waters.  At the same time, I feel a lot more tentative than I used to about these things.  I used to be the first in line to go confront and deal with things and get them resolved.  I'm not like that as much now.  

What's changed?  Is this mellowing with age?  Am I losing some of my own analness?  Am I letting grace and mercy finally flow instead of turning it off and on at will?

One thing that hasn't changed is the knowledge that God is in control and I can do much more good as I keep that in mind.


Anonymous said...

Tentative? You're right - that doesn't sound like you at all. Your friends (for whom you're mediating) trust you; trust yourself.


Anonymous said...

So, obviously without getting into the details of the mediation, how did it go from your point of view? I mean your mediation part? Comfy in your role? Or NEVER plan to do this again? Or "H-m-m-m, maybe this is a new calling" ?

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