|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 10, 2021 at 11:55 AM|
It’s finally here! Fall is all around us with falling temperatures, falling leaves, and falling back last weekend for Daylight Savings. I love North Carolina because we get the seasons, granted some are longer than others, but I am always ready for the next one when it arrives. A drive to the mountains last week for another college tour with my son was brilliantly vibrant with all the colors of the changing leaves. For some reason, they feel even brighter this year. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but I think we need these brightly colored falling leaves after the last couple years we have been through. It is so wonderful to see all of them lighting up the skyline and bringing a smile to my face and hopefully yours too!
After church on Sunday, I sat down with a few parish friends to discuss the book, Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens through the Power of Connection. This small, powerful, succinct book gave some great information that not only related to kids of all ages, but also to adults. We hear about the power of positive thinking all the time, but we discovered this can also change our brains, our health, and our outlook among other things. Those negative thoughts, or ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) as they are referred to in the book, can often seep in with all the challenges we have faced in the past couple years and continue to face. How do we connect with those we love when they are facing internal strife? The valuable information in Seen gives a logical Christian perspective slowing us down to THINK about how connection and presence can significantly impact a despairing encounter or individual. Often, we get busy and react instead of being proactive to think about how best to respond or navigate our kid’s, friend’s, or family’s vulnerable place. As stated in Seen, five simple yet effective tools of show up, see them, just listen, speak life, and build grit can make all the difference. Sometimes the most obvious answer is just to stop, breathe and see around us. This book was impactful for all of us that read it and I highly encourage others to pick it up. It is very worth the read and I am very thankful for it being brought to my attention to share with you.
Speaking of thankful, Thanksgiving is only just around the corner! The children in Sunday School are working hard to decorate the boxes that our youth will fill this Sunday evening with all the goods we have collected from our Turkey Drive. This annual tradition of delivering boxes of meals to Ada Jenkins really shows our kids the importance of giving back to others and being thankful. I hope to see many of our youth on Sunday night to help fill all these beautifully decorated boxes to make an impact on other families. I wish all our sweet St. Alban’s family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am beyond thankful for all of you!