Dear Members and Friends of St.
John’s Windish Church:
I want to start by wishing each of you
a healthy, happy, and blessed New Year. It is so hard to believe
that 2018 is upon us already. It feels like time goes faster every
I was going through my computer and cleaning out some old files, as I do
from time to time, and I came across this article. I know that
many people take stock of their lives and make New Year's
resolutions. I used to do that, but year after year I would fall
short. So I just stopped making official resolutions. But given
the state of our society, and the ways things are going, I thought
perhaps these guidelines could enable us to create a more hospitable
community. The guidelines are applicable to any relationship from
spouses to children to friendships to members of a congregation.
Guidelines to a Healthy Relationship:*
Each partner has the right to express what he or she feels or thinks.
Each partner has the right to tell the truth.
Each partner has the right to be trusted and believed.
Each partner has the right to be listened to and to be understood.
Each partner has the right to admit weakness without being ridiculed.
Each partner has the right to express his or her needs and desires and
to be taken seriously.
Each partner has the right to be heard in the context of the moment
without being reminded of the past.
Each partner has the right to grow.
Each partner has the right to seek help, friendship, and support.
Each partner has the right to be forgiven.
As we begin 2018, I hope you will join
me in resolving to have healthy relationships with others. The
congregation is strengthened when we have healthy relationships.
So let's strive to have the healthiest possible congregation by making
our relationships the best that they can be with each other.
I want to take this opportunity to
thank everyone for the Christmas cards, well wishes, prayers, and
goodies. Your prayers and generosity are appreciated more than
words can express.
* Reference: Diakon Hospice St.
John "Seasons" newsletter, July 2008.
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