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Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Nov. 16, 2007
No, it cannot be Thanksgiving already. Time wise, it just doesn't seem possible. It also seems strange by the weather. We still have had no snow and, on November 12, it is supposed to be 60 degrees. I still have two large trees in my yard that are green and hanging on to their leaves. Add an unexpected change in political power for Indianapolis and it seems that the expected can certainly still throw us some surprises.
Unpredictable events can make us unsteady and leave us breathless. When that happens, we desperately try to find something to hold onto that will once again steady us. Somehow, over the course of time, humans began to expect that someone somewhere would have all the answers. However, I think it is comforting that humans cannot know it all. It lets us off the hook. We don't have to pretend to be perfect because perfection will never be achieved by a human being.
That doesn't mean that we don't have responsibility for taking care of ourselves. During times of change and uncertainty, there are many things that can be done to help us cope. Exercises, eating healthier, getting enough sleep and staying socially connected to people who care about us are just a few ways to cope during uncertain times. Meditation, prayer and reading books that inspire and motivate us also helps to keep us going.
Our bodies are designed well, but when life overwhelms us, we have to be pro-active or we will get crushed emotionally, spiritually and physically. Make sure that during the upcoming holidays that you are aware of what is going on with you and then find ways to be pro-active in taking care of yourself. Perfection is not attainable, but we can find stability.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com