Honest

Honest

If we can be anything, we can be honest, right?  I worry about you.  I am concerned might be a better way to put it.  These are hard times for everyone.  The whole world is involved in surviving of Corona Virus.

The best advise is to shelter in.  We don’t know how long.  We know what we hope.  But hope can get battered down with messages of more to come.  I am a fairly positive person.  But this is hard.  

Yesterday on Facebook, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson wrote, “We don’t despair as people without hope, but we do despair. It’s going to come out no matter how hard we try to hold it in or tamp it down.” So let’s be honest. Let’s be real about our difficulties, fears and talk about how we are doing.  Listen to each other, comfort and encourage, and then speak your truth to someone you trust to listen.  It’s ok to feel what you feel. No shame.  Those feelings will diminish as we express them.  The way we are feeling is safe in prayer to, for God listens. There is nothing you say that God does not already know.  It is in our speaking that the healing begins.  So let’s work on this together, ‘cause at this time, we are all struggling.

What does struggling look like for you?  

There is the More side: sleeping more, eating more, worrying more, binging on Netflix, hunting down Girl Scout cookies in the neighborhood that MUST be somewhere so you can have those Thin Mints dropped at the door… (thinking of fellow clergy Max Vincent here!) Just sayin’ Facebook posts tell the story!

Then there is the Less side: sleeping less, eating less, reaching out to others less, paying less attention to self care, … we each have our own ways of drawing inward and shutting down to ease the difficulty of circumstances.

We each have our own way.

See the “oops-a-daisy” there? Remember Hugh Grant falling off the gate in “Notting Hill”? Every time he tried, he muttered “oops-a-daisy”.  Julia Roberts called him out on it, and he just denied, denied, denied he said it.  But he did.

Let’s not deny the hardships mentally, physically, spiritually now. We want to come through this. Together. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.  Take breaks and seek a healthy rhythm to your days.  Take a walk, sit in the sun, listen to the quiet, plan a meal that you enjoy and make it.  Share some laughter, tell a story, open up when all this becomes heavy. More or less, call a friend, call me.  I will listen.  Pray some prayers – its really like calling a friend.  Talk to God.  Don’t forget to thank God and worship when you do.

Honestly, that will make my day.  Your’s too.

You are prayed for, you are loved, you are not alone, ever.  

Pastor Lisa 770-598-5066 or ldempsey@cokeschapel.org

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying…your Father knows that you need them.” Luke 12: 28-30b

 
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