This is a good question and one I've been asked to answer several times recently upon publicly announcing our new church which is simply called "Mended." In a roundabout way, I'll do my best to answer. I'll begin with a visual. Imagine a time when you've taken the road less traveled on a backpacking trip or road trip. Often times the path is not well defined. Unexpected detours are inevitable and ultimately the path to get to your destination, even though it may have been worth it, has left you a bit tattered. Perhaps emotionally. Perhaps physically. Or perhaps both. In either case, you may be in need of some mending. By definition to "mend" is to make something usable again, to heal, cure, improve, strengthen, restore....you get the point.
I believe our lives mirror a journey such as this. Although we my try, it's unlikely any of us will travel to our destination unscathed. I know this. You know this. And most importantly God knows this. The tricky part is that more often than not, the wounds and scrapes come from people in our lives. 2 Corinthians 18 addresses this as the Apostle Paul writes about reconciliation. Christ came to eliminate the separation that had occurred between God and man. This is reconciliation at it's finest. But then he (Paul) goes on to say that we are to do the same in how we deal with people. "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation".
If we are given the ministry of reconciliation as well, how do we apply this to life. First we accept God's love and restore our relationship with Him (we become mended), and then we extend this love towards others and restore relationships that have been broken (we help mend). This can be done within a home, within a family, within a community, or even a nation. Our goal as a faith community in Port Angeles is to help initiate and foster the mending process in our town and aid in the revitalization process that has already begun. I know from experience that once a person understands their own self-worth, it's not long after that they begin to want that for others and will look for ways to help those who are struggling around them. In essence, this is Christ's message of Hope to each of us. The good news. The Gospel rooted in love that is not self-seeking (1 Cor 13).
Mended is a place where this is lived out. A community of people who recognize that each person is valuable and has their own unique way to live a life of reconciliation. Yes the journey may be tough and we may acquire a few scars to prove it; but if we all do our part there is nothing too broken, nothing too far gone, no problem too big that can't be healed, brought back to life, and dealt with. Trust me, once you embark on this path, no matter how daunting, you'll never look back.