As we continue exploring “See No Stranger” our author, Valarie Kaur writes in chapter 7 titled “breathe.”
“I have been made to believe that overwork was the only way to make a difference. I had come to measure my sense of worth by how much I produced, how well I responded, and how quickly. I had worked for so long, and so hard, and at such great speeds, that I had become accustomed to breathlessness. I could not remember the last time I had a long night of rest. Or gazed at the night sky. Or danced. I told myself that it was for good reason, that the need was so great, and our work too important. Perhaps you too felt this way.
This is what I want to tell you: You don’t have to make yourself suffer in order to serve. You don’t have to grind your bones into the ground. You don’t have to cut your life up into pieces and give yourself away until there is nothing left. You belong to a community and a broader movement. Your life has value. We need you alive. We need you to last. You will not last if you are not breathing.”
As I return from my August vacation month, I will be inviting all of us to “breathe!” Especially as we remember our “Labor” this Sunday. We will be celebrating Holy Communion, so if you are joining us online, you may want to prepare your bread and “fruit of the vine” at home. We will also be welcoming new members on this Sunday. The consecration of these communion elements in your own place happens through God’s power and grace, expressed through the creativity of our digital world.
Join us inside our Sanctuary at 10 am (please note, we are asking everyone to wear masks indoors as required by Manitou Springs). We will also be live-streaming from the church sanctuary this week, so join us on Facebook on Sunday at 10 am (and then later our worship can be found on our church’s website). A printout [Click Here] of our worship details can be seen on our church’s website which you can download or you can see these details on Sunday on Facebook.
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With Health & Wholeness,
Rev. Gaye Bosley-Mitchell