A new dawn appears for us this week as our nation welcomes a new president. However joyful or grievous this event is for you, we are all united under the continued shadow of a global pandemic. I know so many of you are weary and tired and digging deep to keep up hope. You are not alone. It is easy to believe that our personal feelings are unique and unshared. Shame and guilt sneak in as our emotional storage tanks are burning up more quickly. We are human. Our capacity for change and chaos needs to grow quicker than evolution will allow. Slowing down seems to go against the flow of our rushing world, even if everything in our minds and bodies is screaming to slow down. We are human. Like a phone running all the open apps at 10 percent battery life, it’s time to find the charger.
Charging up our systems, especially as adults, can fall below all our other tasks and responsibilities. For me, it can be easier to keep all the other people in my house in tip-top shape while I’m dragging my pajama pant self to the microwave to heat up old coffee.
Adults, what systems need charging today? What permission do you need to do this?
Sometimes we need a permission slip or a get out of jail free card.
Here’s one if you need it:
By the power invested in me by Divine God and the state of Minnesota,
I say that extraordinary human, (insert name), has permission and all authority to go and be well for as long as they shall live.
Their loving pastor, Nikki Sauter
The truth is, no one is going to tell you to drink that glass of water, or go to the doctor, or take a nap. You can count on hearing and feeling the opposite. Perhaps you need to start with the reasons you neglect the thing your body and spirit crave? After that, it’s really about making appointments. Our hardest and tedious work may be prioritizing what is broken and what it will cost to fix it. And we are so worth it. You are worth every bit of effort and work and sacrifice. May our God of all hope continue to prompt you to be well and to take care of you.
You are love. You are loved. Go and be well.
Your loving pastor,