This has been my morning reminder:
BREATHE deeply for best results!
Every time I see this, I’m reminded that the shower isn’t the only place where this is true. In many ways, it is THE truth of life. For best results, breathe deeply. Often. Daily. Especially when you think you have no time for it.
I am spending eight days with 30 clergy persons of the PCUSA. We are at a beautiful retreat center and are being treated way better than some of us are treated back home in our ministry contexts each day. It is a unique time to breathe. We who seek to teach others to do so for life in abundance seldom seem to take time to do so ourselves. We are at risk!
We have gathered mid-way into careers of ministry in order to reflect upon who we are, where we are, and what God is calling us to be in the world in the future. It has been an amazing chance to breathe. To be reminded by our faculty that we are more than pastors to those in endless need. We are companions of partners on this journey. We are fathers and mothers, and sisters and brothers, and children to our own moms and dads too. We are friends and lovers; creators and contemplators; dreamers and dancers throughout every aspect of life. We are more than Reverends. We are those seeking to be significant more than successful. We have commitments that transcend that which we are to give to the church. We are baptized disciples too who put God first as we tread upon this earth.
We must breathe deeply for best results!
Breathing clears a space. Breathing re-connects us to self, and the Holy, and others. Deep breathing allows me to hear. To listen to my heart instead of the old, unhelpful tapes in my head. To hear the calm, peace, and joy deep within. To know all is, and shall be, well.
A few of us here are hearing GRAND DREAMS that will bring new life to this world. A few of us are being reminded of our names. A few of us are being healed from the wearying pace and precarious predicaments of professional ministry. One even is gathering the strength to return home to her dying husband and demanding congregation. . . . Breathe. Deeply. Often. For best results, open a space for the Breath of Life to get in. It’s not just for clergy. It’s for us all!
Some views as I breathe . . .
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