Ministry Theme of the Month
H E A L I N G
When you don’t give people the chance to say “I hurt,” they end up saying “I hate.” ~ Rev. Don Wheat
Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world. ~ Marianne Williamson
Excerpt from A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted
By John O’Donahue
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
Excerpt from A Litany for Those not Ready for Healing
By Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.
Let us not rush to offer a band-aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction.
Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.
From Fred “Mr.” Rogers
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
Questions to Ponder
1. Who are the helpers you see in your life? (“Find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers)
2. What if talk of healing needs to wait? (“Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.” – Dr. Yolanda Pierce)
3. Are you exhausted? Have you been running on empty for so long that you no longer notice? Is it time to notice? Is it time to rest and restore, and let yourself heal?
July 2018: Story, August: Curiosity, September: Covenant, October: Healing, November: Gratitude, December: Deep Listening, January 2019: Imagination, February: Knowing, March: Generosity, April: Invitation, May: Hope, June: Hospitality