by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris
Change seems to be a constant word in our daily vocabulary right now. During this week’s online meeting among the Mile High Metro District’s clergy, District Superintendent Paul Kottke noted that what we as United Methodists are experiencing right now is part of an even larger experience beyond our Church. The status quo is dying away and new things are trying to be birthed. Some of the forces we see at work seem destructive, while some are bringing much needed change. But when there is change, even changes that we welcome, the transition period is stressful and disorienting, even painful. This is true for individual change that we each experience, and even more so for collective change, because not everyone welcomes the same changes…and certainly not at the same pace.
No one who is reading this is unfamiliar with the strife felt in our Church and nation right now (and I rarely speak in such absolute terms). Yet despite this, I have been witness to amazing care and grace shown to others in our community. You are all carrying something, but many of you continue to show up for others…from being a friend to someone in a difficult time of life, to giving your time and money to causes that help our neighbors. You keep me going in my ministry.
One of the biggest gifts I received from spending time in Al-Anon, the 12-step group for friends and family of alcoholics, is the guidance to do something for someone else when you are having a rough time. This is counter-intuitive, because when life is hard we want to withdraw to care for ourselves. When we turn outward and do something for someone else though, we are not only taken out of our own misery, but we also receive energy from making someone else’s day brighter. I call this the work of the Holy Spirit. So keep up the good work. Care for one another. Put goodness into the world; no matter how small that goodness may seem to you, it does make a difference!