I recently had a chance to go into one of the historic buildings in downtown Cheyenne. I can only imagine the stories that would be told if those walls could talk. Some renovations are happening within the building, and as I looked at the work taking place, it was a reminder to me that we are all a work in progress. As 2022 approaches, have you thought about the ways you will pursue new growth in the coming year?
Let's face it. The last two years have been quite a challenge. How are you doing mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually? I am concerned about the well-being of people based upon what I see on social media. Here is one example of a post I saw over the weekend by a site called Wounded Butterfly. Credit for the quote is given to Jillian Medoff in "Hunger Point."
"My only relief is to sleep. When I'm sleeping, I'm not sad, I'm not angry, I'm not lonely, I'm nothing."
This post had over 36,800 shares this morning. It had received nearly 65,000 reactions, and it had 2,000 comments. I took the time to read many of the comments, and my heart aches for all those feeling such lonely desperation. I could summarize many of the sentiments with a couple of general statements:
1. I can't sleep, so I have no escape.
2. My dreams are haunted by the person who hurt me. I can't even find relief in sleep.
My dear people, we are finding ourselves in some difficult times. Please don't let politicians and media outlets unnecessarily divide us even more from one another. Stay strong. Invite the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit to permeate every fiber of your being!