Easter: Turn toward the sun.
Dear friends and members of St. Matt's,
I don't know about you, but for me, the rainy days inside are the hardest. Especially now that the weather has warmed up a bit, it really helps to have a chance to get outside and take in some sun. So, on days like this one - when the most prominent color is Connecticut gray and the rain comes off and on, it helps me to think of the other sources of light, the other sources of sun in my life. And how, like a sunflower, we all need to choose to turn toward the sun.
I hope that you're finding ways to be connected to the people that you love. Ways to honor this season of Easter. Ways to structure these days. It's important to attend to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. For many of us, the most obvious way to do that is actually to think about windows of time. To make sure that almost every day you do something physical, engage in some kind of meditation or spiritual practice, and try to learn something new or connect to someone else in a meaningful way. The goal, of course, is not to just tack on more tasks - particularly if your days are already full of homeschooling & work. The goal is to make your days more expansive, to invite your body, your brain, and your heart into some postures that will make your day more fulfilling. Somehow, we all need to create space for our minds, bodies, and spirits to continue to be fed and nourished.
Today, I hope you'll go and take a look at a post from a friend and colleague of mine. The Rev. Dr. Molly James is Deputy Executive Officer of General Convention, and she is a priest of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Today for the feast of St. Anselm, she reflects on the scripture you'll here tonight at Compline:
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’
Click here to read Molly's words for today. I'm going to continue to share resources with you during this time. Resources for learning, for meditation, for health. If there's something in particular that you think you need, reach out and let me know that. Take a look through our e-news today for a few new opportunities to connect and learn. Join us for Compline tonight online at 9pm. And know that I'm really grateful on days like this for the chance to be connected to all of you. Thank you for sharing this time and your journey with me. Continue to be in touch if you need anything or if there's anything I can do to help. Let's turn toward the sun and take in the light together. God bless you and keep you.