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,