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Dear Friends,
This is a time in the life of the congregation of Bethesda in which we are starting to implement decisions about the access project and the youth area in the Parish House. We all have differ-ent opinions. Putting our heads together with the leading and guiding of God has brought us to conclusions. Sometimes it is difficult to discern clearly where God is leading us. I am confi-dent that in time - with much prayer - we will continue to work out the best possible solutions to continuing issues. But we may have to compromise - not about our mission but how we can carry it out. The following is a story from the bulletin of St. Margaret Mary's that I think is help-ful for us in this process:
"Every Problem Can Be Solved...Once You Find The Common Ground"
A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of 17 cam-els, the middle son should be given 1/3rd of 17 camels, youngest son should be given 1/9th of the 17 camels. As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons start-ed to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a wise man. The wise man lastened patiently about the will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one of his camels and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels. Now, he started reading the deceased father's will.
Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.
Now add up: 9+6+2 = 17. This leaves one camel, which the wise man took back. All were happy.
MORAL: The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th camel, i.e. the common ground. Once people are able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved.
However, to reach solutions, the first step is to believe that there are solutions. I ask that all of us keep questions of ministry and mission before God in prayer. As we listen to Him with open minds and hearts, He will lead and guide us.

Still in


Still in one peace,

Pastor Elaine