Karen Booker: May 2016
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
As I write mid-May, we are in Germany.
Rob chose the destination to mark his birthday, mainly due to his interest in European history and politics. Another factor may be that I speak German, so he can relax without any language difficulties.
However, although I can attend church while here, I have never yet been able to follow all of the sermon — I may be able to chat away to those either side of me in the pew, but the vocabulary of theological preaching is different, and requires an understanding of other jargon.
How many come into our UK churches and find the same? This may be because English is not their mother tongue, but it may more commonly be because they don't know the jargon or understand the church's specific vocabulary.
Partial or not understanding can be frustrating, fill us with panic, or just make us cross, and yet, it can be a short-term insight into the world of some stroke or dementia sufferers.
"Those most likely to befriend strangers, are those who have been strangers themselves. The best way to grow empathy for those who are lost is to know what it means to be lost yourself." *
Perhaps it can make us more patient with those who have learning difficulties, or just give us the opportunity to switch off our brains from words, and let our other senses take over for a while......
for me at least, that can be God-given balm.
alles Guete aus Deutschland!
Karen L Booker (Pastoral Assistant)
* "An Altar in the world" by Barbara Brown Taylor.
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