Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.”
How many of us feel as if we need to go faster and faster in response How many of us feel as if in this world, we can’t go fast enough? How many of us have been slowed to a stop, frozen by our own exhaustion and overwhelm?
We are living in a thin ice kind of time. Almost every week since mid-August, some tragedy, natural disaster or trampling of rights has marred our weeks. The truth is we can’t keep going faster and faster and we all are in danger of being overcome by fear or compassion fatigue.
Doing we can helps overcome the sense of paralysis. The Being Sanctuary box in our Sunday service program offers priorities linked to our values. And we are considering two items which allow us to make small efforts which affirm support for those targeted by policies of hate.
Doing everything is not possible. Doing what we can helps us stay engaged and empowered. Resisting despair after the year just past is an act of embodying our faith. And it matters.