Ms. Kitty and Making Chutney are talking about ministry and how it affects your life, and what do you choose to share with your congregants.
This past Saturday night, The Husband and I were with the Elder Stateswoman for dinner. Somehow, conversation got around to a minister we had about a decade ago. He was going through an intensely painful time, as his brother was dying from a horrible disease. He shared that pain in a sermon. And he told us this: that the truth about "what happens after we die" was no longer a concern for him. He said that it brings him comfort to believe he will see his brother again. And if that is true, great, and if not, so what.
All of us remembered him saying that, in great detail.
Sometimes, I think sharing your pain is a gift. You allow others to feel compassion, perhaps they can even grow a bit themselves, through your experience.
This scenario isn't exactly what Ms. Kitty and Chutney were talking about. But they got me thinking about it.