God’s vision for every single person is one of ongoing healing, wholeness and restoration. He is calling us into a reality of wellbeing for people and the planet, and each one of us has a part to play and a response to make.
Here are a few minutes of solidarity and calm, a moment of headspace to acknowledge pain but also hold on the fact that Love remains, is present and can hold us through the uncertainties and loss.
A few minutes of calm reflection and headspace if the quieter Christmas season feels very busy in your head and heart this year.
It is tough, many of us are feeling a bit weary, defeated, anxious or angry. All this is a perfectly natural human reaction to what continues to be an incredibly challenging year. But we don’t have to do it alone.
The loving mindfulness of God offers deep reassurance but is also a call to become more mindful people in the ups and down of daily life.
We have permission to change our minds. Not only is embracing new understandings allowed it is a powerful spiritual action and deep ethic of love. Without changing, we will never grow in Christlikeness after all, we will not let go of the things that mar the image of the Divine in us, and our capacity to be agents of His restoration in the world will be lessened.
Self Care sounds like a bit of a fluffy-sounding buzz word sometimes doesn’t it? Audre Lorde said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation”. It was the opposite of a fluffy, self-indulgent notion.
You are not a machine, you are the dear and beloved child of God! Rest is a holy practice inaugurated and even commanded by God right from the start.
Be real. Show self compassion. Give yourself space to express and process difficult emotions. In the midst of lockdown and isolation, this is good advice that has been given (including by us!) about how to manage the balance between trying to stay positive and accepting that this season is triggering some painful emotions.
Liturgy can provide a framework for prayer when we are at a loss for words, exhausted or bewildered. Liturgies of Hope have been written for just such a time as this.