Her first response to the gift of new life was to burst into tears.
Moments before, the heavens had been ripped open for her. Light flooded in. She found herself transported into a whole new world: the dark, comfortable existence of the past was left behind in an instant. Everything, everything was suddenly unfamiliar.
She started to cry – a mixed wail of anger and fear. Little rivulets of tears tumbled down her cheeks. She gasped and struggled to breathe.
(In a previous post, we discussed the first steps of How to Introduce Sustainable Change into a Traditional Rural Church. After we have earned the trust of our people, instilled in them a sense of our present and active God, discerned that a proposed change is truly of God and not our mere preference, reflected upon whom would be affected by the change, talked with a wise friend outside the congregation, and thought about how to narrate the change, what comes next?)