Thank You

I sent the following to everyone who emailed me, texted me, messaged me or commented on my blog…

Thank you for your comments on my blog.  I wasn’t exactly expecting to go “mini-viral” with it or to get so many comments and emails, so I’m sorry that you are getting a form letter instead of a personal one.

As I wrote at the top of my blog, I often find internet conversations to be unhelpful, so I have decided to not publish any comments on this post.

If you wrote a letter of support, thank you.  I am truly overwhelmed by all the support and prayers.  Truly.  Your affirmation and gratefulness have humbled me, and I have shed many tears over the past 48 hours.  My hope and my prayer is that we can all have conversations about bullying, religious freedom, hermeneutics, sexual orientation and responding to government legislation in the context of meaningful relationships that lead to life.

May you continue to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly.

If you wrote a letter disagreeing with me, thank you.  I treasure those voices (and prayers).  I understand that on any given issue in our world there will be divergent voices.  For you too, my hope and my prayer is that we can all have conversations about bullying, religious freedom, hermeneutics, sexual orientation and responding to government legislation in the context of meaningful relationships that lead to life.

May you continue to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly.

As usual, I am always available for coffee (or a caramel latte).  And I am still offering to pick up the tab.  However, due to sheer number of responses I have received, plus the fact that we are walking this journey as a local church, I will have to prioritize my time.  Family first, then existing relationships, then local people, then others.  I ask for your grace and understanding (although the many offers of food from yantzied are tempting).

For those of you who have expressed interest in our church, you can get all the info you need at www.gracemennonitesteinbach.ca (I am away this weekend on a youth retreat, but will be back the following week).  We are not perfect, but we seek to be a faithful community of Jesus followers.

For those of you content at your current church, may you believe that God is active and present in your context, and may you continue to live in God’s “upside-down” kingdom.

And for those of you who are on a “vacation” from church (or sworn it off entirely), my hope and my prayer is that you can find good faith experiences and communities in our world, and look to them for hope.

Grace and Peace,

Kyle Penner

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.   – Prayer of St. Francis

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