Minister’s Musings – Grounding (8/10/22)

Dear Ones,

I’m glad to be back among you!  

It was good to be “Up North” for a couple of weeks, camping in various locations in northern Michigan for a day or two at a time.  I find it easier to stay grounded when I’m sleeping on the ground (ha!) – I mean, when I’m out in big natural areas.  I can move more slowly and not feel pressured to keep up.  I can wrap my arms around trees and just be with them and breathe, waiting for whatever that shared stillness has to teach me.  I can hear animals move and leaves rustle and waves break with little other sound to distract me.  I can see depth in the night sky, and stars. 

It’s always hard for me to adjust back to city life (did the fighter jets get louder while I was gone??), but I do appreciate the human connections that I have here!  As I transition back to my “regular” life, I hope to be able to maintain some of the slower pace and nurture my connection to the earth – they will serve me well as I re-engage with all those humans and start to discern where I’ll invest my energy over the coming months.  I’m looking forward to our new church year!

In faith and love,