Night Terrors and Nearness: Real Comfort in Non-Solutions

I’m really good at pointing out flaws and suggesting solutions. But often pastoral ministry doesn’t require plans but proximity. I recently had the privilege of writing about the ministry of presence over at 9Marks.

You can read a brief excerpt below and follow the link at the bottom of the page to the whole article.

Here’s an excerpt:

What our people need in their moments of desperation is what my son needs in the middle of the night. He doesn’t need a lecture about his subconscious, what a dream is, and why it doesn’t need to be feared. Instead, he needs the comfort of knowing I’m there. As pastors, we have the distinct joy of simply being there with our members and, by doing so, reassuring them with the comfort, care, and compassion of God.

Read the whole article on The 9Marks website here: Night Terrors and Nearness: Real Comfort in Non-Solutions.

Soli Deo Gloria