Wednesday, February 4, 2009

practicing what we preach...





This is, certainly, the winter of our discontent.

This week alone, we have an endless flurry of hospitalized members with unanticipated illnesses and conditions.

A church member's mother was found dead in her home yesterday.

DH's position at work was eliminated ten days ago....the economy, you know.

Every single day we learn of others similarly affected in all sorts of business and industry, corporations and not-for-profits.

The number of persons seeking assistance from the church is growing.

These are hard days, to be sure, but it seems pretty clear that the journey is tempered by having some spiritual practices in place. Prayer and meditation and a faith community in which to abide have certainly made a difference in my own life at this time.



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5 comments:

mompriest said...

I experienced all those things a few years ago - husband's job eliminated (company closed in 2002)...and my own mother found died in her home from a massive heart attack in the middle of the night...and so on and so on...having a faith community truly helps....prayers for you and yours...

Purple said...

So, so sorry about DH's job. That is alot to asborb along with all the pastoral concerns of your congregation. Take care of yourself. ((Jennifer and all))

Songbird said...

I'm so sorry about all these things, particularly DH's job. Hugs all around.

Jan said...

I'm sorry about DH's job and all the other problems in your congregation that you are ministering to. Prayers for you for sure.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh Jennifer, I'm so sorry for all the troubles. I hope your DH finds new employment quickly.

Hugs.