I've thought of several things to post in the last couple of days, but I keep thinking that some things are left better unsaid. I think I can say this: we had a meeting at our church last night to discuss a very difficult situation. Being a conflict-avoider person, I was dreading this meeting and thinking about not going at all, but good sense won out and I showed up. By the time I left I was thinking that this may have been the best meeting of any kind I have been to, in terms of people being honest and kind and thoughtful and wise. I am so thankful to be part of a church that has it's head on straight. I had envisioned all sorts of dreadful things, none of which transpired. I'm pretty sure only one reader (Daniel Kirk) actually knows anything about this (since he was there too) but it would be fine if we kept it that way.
I have really been fighting the urge to gossip about this. I don't think of myself as being very prone to gossip, but sometimes when you learn something bad, you you feel this incredible desire to start unburdening yourself. Talking about things in the right time and right place and with the right people, as I alluded to above, can be wonderful. Talking (talebearing) in the wrong way brings unnecessary destruction and misunderstanding.