Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Michele Guinness, Hodder & Stoughton, 1994, page 106-106
Comparing the pressures that church places on people to conform, Michele Guinness observes:
It reminded me if my own struggle to come to terms with my identity as a Jew in the Church. It occured to me that self-acceptance was probably the key to coping with being a clergyman's wife too. I could refuse the role and the pretence that went with it, disappoint people's expectations, because, whether they liked it or nor, all I had to offer was myself.
Shrewd comment. All any of us have to offe is ourselves! But then she goes on:
And I began to wonder whether the church ever really accepted people as they were, or whether we continually forced them to fulfill our expectations.
Ouch! Hear that well!!