“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
To have life abundantly… To me this implies that Jesus came to show us the full spectrum of living—in the good times and the bad, the easy and the hard, the ups and the downs. These are all part of life, after all, and Jesus came to give us lots of life!
This has been quite a year—the isolation, the loss, the division, the death. The disruption of the norm has given most of us cause to reflect on our lives and our living in some way. Perhaps, you’ve struggled. Perhaps, you’re still struggling. I’m no Jesus, but I join Jesus in his quest to show us the fullness, the abundance of life. Many times what helps us to acknowledge and live into that fullness of life is conversation, so I promise to do my best to be a non-anxious, non-judgmental, loving, caring conversation partner to you. Jesus is calling us to liberation and freedom, to live abundantly as the people God made us to be.
Let this serve as a reminder that I offer short-term free pastoral counseling to any church member or community member. We can have a conversation about anything happening in your life—don’t be intimated; I’m a super casual person! It’s an honor and privilege to spend time with you in my office (masked), outside in the prayer garden, on Zoom or on the phone. I’m moving back to my normal office hours of Tuesday-Thursday, 9-3pm, and I’m also available most Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour. Email (kendra.plating@firstbaptistgreenville.com) or call me (233-2527 x. 104) to schedule an appointment. I’m also including below some important websites for other organizations in Greenville that can be a tremendous help when you’re having a hard time, emotionally or mentally. As a church, we have many resources to see you through whatever road you are traveling. After such a hard year, let’s learn to live abundantly together again.
Canterbury Counseling (https://canterburycounseling.org/)
Mental Health America, Greenville County (https://www.mhagc.org/)
—Kendra, Minister of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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