My name is Donald, and I don't know anything. I have new underwear, a loose tooth, and I didn't sleep last night because I'm worried. What if the bell rings and a man yells, "Where do you belong" and I don't know? What if the trays in the cafeteria are too tall for me to reach? What if my loose tooth comes out when we have our heads down and supposed to be quiet? Am I supposed to bleed quietly? What if I splash water on my name tag and my name disappears and no one knows who I am?How often do we feel this way in church?
How often do those who have no church background or a different background than ours feel like this?
How often do we assume we are supposed to bleed quietly, not let anyone know our hurt, our pain, our brokenness?
How often do we assume no one will know our name?
Donald's worries about the start of school are all too real for way too many people who need a kind and gentle welcome into church.