Ahhh… we’re finally getting a delightful taste of crisp weather! The shortening days signal the transition to a fall season with glorious leaf color, bird migrations and fresh scented air. Upcoming elections and world political, social and economic challenges may create greater uncertainty that can add to the stressors of daily living. I believe as we honor these feelings and intentionally seek ways to minimize our stress we can face most any situation. Life’s difficulties are made a bit easier when we can share them amongst one another in a caring community – chalice circles, covenant, affinity, or faith/focus groups.
Need a hand? … Lend a hand!
If you need a hand, you may fill out a ‘JSM Card’ (Joy, Sorrow, Milestone) located in the pews or on the counter in the gallery, and place the card in the locked box nearby, or in the offering plate. You may also email your information to JSM@eruuf.org The Care Ministries team can offer some support.
If you can lend a hand, please stop by the Care Ministries table during coffee hour and sign up to become part of the Care Ministries team to provide a meal, ride, card or phone call.
In the days ahead, I invite you to pause, BREATHE… spend time outdoors in the natural world… simply allow yourself to rest in the sights and sounds around you. And may you experience a peace within you, as expressed by Wendell Berry in this poem.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.