Small Things Are Big

One day this week, I took one of our staffers along for a pastoral visit with a family in the early stages of grief.

As some of you know, it’s the kind of work that I find challening but invigorating.

On the drive back to the church, my Good Shepherd colleague and I processed the visit. We re-hashed the things said, the things not said, the body language involved.

He noticed details in the conversation that I had taken for granted. He picked up on spoken and unspoken clues the family gave us.

In all of it, my friend saw the fingerprint of God in places where I had simply seen “conversation.”

His insights were another reminder that in pastoral work, the small things matter. Nuances in conversation carry great weight.

So pay attention to the small parts of the conversation. Something big is happening.

And God is all over it.