|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 13, 2021 at 2:10 PM|
Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman
Happy Fall Y’all! Hopefully after this week, we will see the temperatures drop a little bit more and truly begin to feel the Fall in the air. This past weekend I took a little time away to breathe and recharge myself with lifelong friends. A surgery was postponed, my friend has a big birthday in November, and it was the perfect time to step away for self-care. Self-care is a word we hear a lot lately, but often do not heed its call. This term or concept is something in our busy lives we often forget to do. It can mean so many things from prayer to meditation or even a trip away. We are always rushing, running errands, taking kids places, appointments and the list goes on. It is critically important in this still crazy pandemic to stop, breathe and see what is around us. Even if it is just a short walk or sitting in a quiet space, whatever we can do to slow things down will inevitably be in our best interest for our well-being. In the next couple weeks, I will be hosting a book study on Seen Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens through the Power of Connection. I invite you to participate in reading this short, powerful book that will not only help us to model the self-care for our kids and teens, but more importantly for ourselves. I believe that this will be just another small step in helping us to manage the hustle and bustle of a world that sometimes gets beyond our control.
The connection we make with God, friends, family, and even those we don’t know enables us to see the impact of “Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Ghandi”. We must take every opportunity to “Be the light” from Matthew 5:14. The strength we show from within sparks the same light within others. We are striving for that impact to occur in Sunday School, Youth Group, and service opportunities in our community. I have watched as many of our young people have come together in the last 7 months, all from different schools, and begin to make friendships in our church community. The more we come together, the more that fellowship, community and connection will bring us “out of the darkness and into the light. 1 Peter 2:9”. Please join me in supporting our children and young people by sharing your light with them.