Minister’s Moment, July 2020
The last few months have been exhausting for all of us. So much is going on in the world and we have all had to adapt in previously unimaginable ways. I’m tired, and I know I am not the only one.
Like me, a large number of Peoples people are in caring or helping professions (health care, spiritual care, education, social work, etc.) endlessly giving of themselves to serve others. And in our personal lives, all of us are busy caring for our families, our fellow church members and friends, and our loved ones.
While it has been truly remarkable to witness our community rise up to care for one another and collectively navigate these tricky times, I sometimes worry about compassion fatigue. In order to care for others, we each need to care for ourselves. We need to stay well.
So, here is an invitation: see if you can spend some time this month regaining your own spiritual health and taking good care of yourself.
Things are not going “back to normal” anytime soon. Our world is evolving, and we are entering a new era. We will each need to build up our reserves in order to survive and thrive.
The care and love you have been pouring out on others are critical, but so is your long-term wellbeing. Take the time you need for self-care and spiritual restoration.
Rest. Renew. Restore. Heal.
I plan to do the same as I take my annual month of study leave in July. I will be focusing on my own spiritual renewal and restoration as I prepare to serve Peoples Church for what I expect will be another interesting year.
While I am away our fabulous Worship Associates have lined up an incredible series of Sunday services for you all, all of which will take place online only.
If you need spiritual care in July please do not hesitate to contact David Wise, who is a skilled pastor and caregiver, and/or one of the paraministers. If any emergencies come up these folks will notify me right away.
I look forward to “seeing” you all in August! Blessings of health and healing to you. May you be well.