Dear Robinson Community,
What an interesting week we’ve had! I realize some might not use the word interesting to describe it. What word would you use to describe your week? your month? Your year?
I invite you to take a moment and think about this.
In the midst of the information overload and the business of trying to keep it all together, we can fall prey to a dangerous trap: the false belief that the more occupied we keep our minds the less we’ll have time to deal with our fears and anxieties. But, the deal with these two (fear and anxiety) is they can be relentless in calling our attention and wanting to make themselves heard. They will not just go away. Like a bully, they need to be confronted and dealt with. In order to do so, we need to pause.
P A U S E.
But how can we do this? How is this possible when so much is expected of us?
In the Bible, one of the poets who writeS in the book of Psalms realized the power behind stopping and having a one on one talk with his soul. In Psalm 43:5 he writes, “Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.”
When we pause and take the time to be honest about how we feel and why we are gifted with the opportunity of making a choice. Now that I know I feel this way, what can I do about it?
The poet in this psalm shares with us his decision. Amid the unknown, he chooses to trust God and be thankful.
With a humble and loving heart, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to do the same.
Maybe when the day is over, the Surface is put away and all the chats are muted. When all have gone to bed, in the stillness of the night dare to ask, “Soul, how are we doing?”
My prayer is for all of us to have the courage and faith to respond like the poet, “Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.”
God bless you all and your families with his loving peace.
In this together,
Robinson School Chaplain