Posts Tagged ‘Self Care’

Simple Pleasures

May 15, 2017

The story I am about to relate is true, though it is filled with assumption and speculation about facts which may or may not be accurate, let alone any of my business. But I tell the story because the vision I saw moved me and made me smile.

TruDee and I were eating at a local establishment recently and enjoying conversation and the atmosphere. I noticed a woman, perhaps about my age, wheeling an elderly gentleman in a wheel chair through the front doors. The host helped direct them to a table where another joined the two. My assumption was; an elderly man and his daughter, perhaps granddaughter, and his wife, or another daughter. It appeared in addition to his obvious different ability regarding the wheel chair, that he had perhaps had a stroke. His expressionless face held steady and his left arm bent in a right angle at his elbow with its hand clenched in a gentle fist as she navigated him up to the table.

I did not notice much after that and resumed my conversation with TruDee as we waited on our order. Our server brought our dinner and we began to eat. Out of the corner of my eye I caught movement once again of the three gathered at the table. The two women were conversing and laughing and the elderly gentleman for all intents and purposes appeared engaged in listening. And then he did, what I deemed to be, a curious thing.

beerWith his right hand, he reached to the table and picked up a glass, it was filled to the rim with beer. Very deliberately and gently he brought the glass to his lips, took a sip, and smiled. He continued the ritual, and with each deliberate and gentle action and sip of his beverage, he smiled. As we were leaving I took note once again, and just as I stood from our table he finished his beer, held the glass a few inches from his face, seemed to peer into its depths, and…smiled, as did I.
The vision this night moved me. This man, obviously in diminished ability, sat in the company of family, immersed in the moment, and savored the simple things of life. I sent my boys a text shortly after that and told them, “When I am old, in a wheel chair, perhaps unable to communicate or converse, please take me out and have a beer with me.” Let me relish in your company and enjoy a simple pleasure.

In this culture and environment, not only in society but even in the church, when things can seem to be so difficult, so opposed to justice, compassion, and grace, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Find a gathering of family, of community, of friends, and immerse yourself in the moment and savor the simple gifts of life and faith. Take time to immerse yourself in grace, in compassion, in soul food, in love. Jesus knew the importance of such self-care. That self-care is what fueled his passion and compassion for social justice of his day.

Give a son, a daughter, a brother or sister, a mom or dad, a friend a call this week and be together. It is one of the many ways we find the Way Forward in this journey of life and faith. Until next time, know you are loved, you are not alone, …ever.

Peace and Light for Our Journey,

Pastor Kent

The Funk

August 3, 2015

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You ever have one of those days that, though you can’t really put your finger on it, everything just seems a bit off? Every now and then there are those days I describe as, “Being in a Funk,” just something about my energy, demeanor, pondering, and attitude that just seems a bit skewed. Yesterday was one of those days, oh generally I do a relatively good job of functioning and not being too obvious, but internally it happens, it just does.

TruDee and I had a quiet afternoon and evening yesterday, it was good medicine. I have to wonder too if Simeon recognized the funk in my yesterday afternoon. He generally, while a very loving and calm dog, is not particularly cuddly by any stretch. He will let you give him a pet or an ear scratch but he is pretty content just being present at a bit of a distance, unless there is a thunderstorm happening. Yesterday afternoon while I was sitting on the couch he came over to me, hopped up with his front paws on the cushion and leaned in close to my face for an extended ear scratch and a little extra attention. After a time I told him, “Okay,” and he hopped down and was content to return to his bed across the room.

You know sometimes on this journey of life and faith it is important to be attentive to self, to find time to breathe in the midst of anxiety, change, world troubles, and find comfort in and with those who love us. I think it can become easy for us to become disheartened when listening to the news and all the struggles of our world. We hear of so much injustice, hatred, bigotry, discrimination, violence, and just plain craziness.

Yesterday during worship there was a reminder to be aware of those times we need to do the often difficult work of changing the world around us and those times when we just need to let it be. It is important to be mindful of our peace, to be mindful of our presence and place in the middle of that tension of kindom work and personal, mental and spiritual well-being; to be mindful of our mind, body, soul, and heart and to be aware that we are all immersed in the Spirit of Love who holds and fills all of us.

Take some time this week to nourish your relationship with God, deepen your relationship with those who love you and whom you love, be they partner, family, friend, or the Simeon’s in your life. It is good medicine for all of us, it is good medicine for the world.

It is one of the many ways we seek to be mindful of the Spirit and our world here at the Hill, where you are one of the community. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table. Not Your Ordinary Church. Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.

Peace and Light on Your Journey,
Pastor Kent