By Conferene Minister Diane Weible
I’ve said this a lot over the last 14 months and I’m going to say it again: The times we are living in are unprecedented. Every day has to begin with deep breathing if we are going to be grounded in what we are experiencing and continue to find the strength to move forward.
The experiences, for each one of us, are different with different levels of intensity and struggle on any given day. I believe, though, that every single one of us is struggling in some way and some days even more than others. We are tired; our patience is thin; our Spirit may be low.
Breathe deep. Listen to Spirit. Ground yourself in God’s love. And, don’t give up. Don’t give in to the struggle and heartache. Instead, seek strength from God and one another. Be kind. Encircle one another with love, even if it has to be from afar.
I will not even try to say it better than what we already find in scripture:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Always remember you are not alone. Always stand strong in knowing that as people of faith, we are also people of community. Always remember to give yourself a hug, even if it’s too early for us to give one another a hug.