One of the most powerful questions we Elementers ask at our "third place" small group is "How are you?" We don't let anyone answer with "Fine," unless they really are fine, in which case they must share some of the good things going on in their life.
But most people are not fine all the time -- in fact, most people aren't fine most of the time -- and "How are you?" is the deceptively simple way we share our hurts and fears and struggles with each other. And it helps us pray with and for each other.
So, you who are reading this: How are you?
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