So as I was thinking about the entry I wrote last night, and talking with Supervising about some things, I came to the realization that in a week from today the ELCA task force concerning the issue of the ordination of gays and lesbians is supposed to come out with their recommendations (hee hee, I said 'come out').
On one hand I'm anxious. I want to know what they're going to recommend. I want to know what is going to happen, how people are going to react, where the ELCA is headed in this matter.
On the other hand, I wouldn't be upset if it disappeared into the woodwork. This is, unfortunately, a no-win situation. People will be upset, angry, hurt, devastated, no matter what the recommendation is.
I wish there was a way to resolve this issue and make everyone happy. But the sad truth is that there isn't. People will be hurt. And so we have to be ready to deal with this hurt, no matter which side it comes from.
But some people will be celebrating, too. And what if the people who are celebrating are on the side where I do not find myself? Then how do I engage with them? How do I put aside my feelings concerning the recommendation? Or do I need to? But then how do I keep my feelings from getting in the way of ministry to people on both sides of the issue (and everywhere in between)?
Well, on the brightside I have a whole week to figure that out.
On the darkside, I don't think I ever will.