This is what my therapist often instructs me to do when it seems I am lost and frustrated. On a week like this, I think a deep breath would all serve us well. There is a lot of disturbing news coming out of our nation’s capital that I know is weighing heavily upon a lot of people. There is much pain, fear, and dread within so many of us.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I cannot stress enough how important it is to care for yourself in every way possible. Amidst the headlines and the day to day struggles, find ways to care for yourself mentally and physically. Maybe it is setting boundaries around social media and news outlets, maybe it is seeing a therapist, maybe it is going for a long walk in nature. There are countless simple ways that we can take care of ourselves. Whatever works for you, do it and stick with it.

This Sunday we will be reading from Psalm 23, which is a well known passage often read in really difficult times. This psalm reminds us that God is our good shepherd and that God is with us even in the darkest of valleys. Now matter where your heart and spirit may be, remember that God is with us here and now.

Take a deep breath and allow the spirit of God to fill you with peace. Remember that you are not alone, and that our God, who is LOVE, is in our midst leading us to the still waters. Take a moment to slow down and simply breathe, allowing God to meet you in that space.

I invite you to join us Sunday for worship as we honor Mother’s Day and all of those individuals who shepherd us throughout this thing called life! We’ll be in person or online at 11am! Hope to see you then!

Peace and blessings,

Pastor Kipp