The words we use construct the worlds in which we live. At Wayside we resist any form of language which welfare, government or even the church would use, that seeks to shrink a human being into a unit that can be measured, managed, transformed or converted. All who walk through our doors are greeted as if they were a visitor in our homes. We see them in the light of their full potential. This creates space in our hearts to recognise the gifts that everyone possesses. We take great care not to let busyness rock us to sleep, always staying alert for the spark of life in the eyes of every face we greet.
Nowhere does Wayside’s world collide more with the welfare state than when we farewell someone at a funeral. When we share, we speak of no case that was managed, or client that was served, but of a brother or sister we have lost. Often the words at such an event are the words of the street – tough, impolite and generally not heard in a church or in front of your mother. We love giving people who don’t normally have their voices heard the opportunity to be heard. It’s not uncommon for us to hold a funeral and someone gets up that starts with “I didn’t know the bloke” but they still give a beautiful eulogy. You also get to hear so many weird and wonderful stories that you never knew about the person. This week we bid goodbye to a great man, a little man with a little dog who wore a big hat and an even bigger heart. You can read a touching tribute to the man’s life and coverage of the funeral, published in Sydney Morning Herald here.
Thanks Inner Circle for being a part of something so much bigger than we could have ever dared dream,
Pastor & CEO
PS – Thanks to all who joined us for the first session of Gutter Philosophy with Rev Graham Long on Tuesday night. If you missed out, you can book your tickets for the next session on Tuesday, 24 September here or for Tuesday 1 October here.