by Daphne Reiley
When we give of ourselves – emotionally, spiritually, financially, physically – there comes a time when we must stop, rest, and give to ourselves.
Giving to ourselves can take many shapes.
Giving can look like sleep, laughter at a good movie, digging into a great book, hugs from friends, a long walk, romping with dogs or cats or some other kind of furry friend.
Giving can also be a good cry in a hot shower; soft whimpers in the arms of a loving spouse or friend.
Giving can be a nice dinner out or a nice dinner in.
Giving can be dancing, running, skating, swimming.
What does giving to yourself look like to you?
By Daphne Reiley
I am a member of First Christian Church of Decatur (Disciples of Christ) and we have a Chancel Choir of ten souls. These ten souls work diligently to uplift and inspire us as we worship.
This past Sunday, I was transported by their offering of “We Are Not Alone.” The words of the hymn, sung so insistently and persistently, have stayed with me since.
The knowledge that we are not alone, that God is with us is one that I have known since I was five years old. This morning as I sat journaling I was overcome with sadness when I considered just how many people in the world do not have or live with this knowledge.
God is with us. Christ is God with us. We are the Body of Christ.
Yet, we struggle remembering this in our darkest, loneliest times. Sometimes, it takes a hauntingly beautiful hymn to remind us, to be a gift that we carry in our heads and hearts for days, to inform us in our own thoughts and actions, to encourage us to pray and be still.
There is a beautiful offering of this hymn on Youtube by SE Samonte. I hope you will take the time to list (it’s just 2 minutes long). I apologize for my inability to post the song here.
Caregiving can sometimes be a lonely, isolating life. When we can remember that we are not alone, that God is with us at all times, in all places, and in all ways, some of that loneliness is lifted. Finding strength in the knowledge that we are not alone, can empower us to reach out to others, to accept help from others, and to love ourselves and the ones for whom we care with the love we have from God.
Be still and know that God is with you. You are never alone.