I remember years ago, when I was an Intern at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Washington, and was struggling with a difficulty in my life, a beautiful pastor said to me, “Kathryn, you need to be gentle with yourself.”
I have remembered her words over the years, and have even repeated them many times to people who I know have been struggling themselves.
“Be gentle with yourself.”
These are difficult days we are living in, to be sure. Our country has been struggling with issues of injustice, we have witnessed violence at our Capital and beyond, we have seen cities devastated by storms and all the while we are living with a virus which has turned our lives upside down.
Sisters and brothers in Christ, I urge you to “Be gentle with yourselves.” Be realistic with your expectations of yourself and others.
Be gentle with our Elim staff.
Be gentle with the clerk at Safeway.
Be gentle with your child’s teachers.
We are all doing the best we can.
Breathe in and out. Pray during this season of Lent, for the gift of patience and peace – for yourselves and others.
And trust that God is with us all.
See you in worship,