Clergy Faith & Wellness: a gift for you
Rev. Shelly Petz
It is December in a local church.
A parishioner was recently diagnosed with cancer.
A friend began in hospice care.
A teacher was killed in a car accident, due to icy road conditions.
There are 27 Christmas programs, worship services, or events to plan, attend, and manage.
There are two weddings and six funerals.
There is grief, pain, sorrow, anxiety, and loss. That of the congregation, and your own.
Clergy are expected to bring God's word of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.
In this season of preparing for the coming of the Christ child, there is a gift that is given to you. Jesus offered this gift to the disciples as he knew he was nearing the end of his earthly life. Jesus gives this gift to you.
I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)
I invite you to receive this gift, unwrap this gift, sit with this gift, hold this gift. It is for you. It is for now. It is for those whom you meet.
I recently came across this writing by Miller Williams called Compassion. I offer it to you during this season of preparing.
Compassion by Miller Williams
Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.
The same poem can be adapted as a self-compassion poem by inserting the following italicized words:
Have compassion for yourself, even if you don't want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism may be a sign of things your ears could no longer hear, your eyes have since overlooked, You may not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.
Rev. Shelly Petz
Clergy Faith and Wellness