A Message from Rev. Erin
Does your soul cry out to be noticed? Does it beg you to pay attention to it? Does it quietly ask to be seen by those around you?
Your soul, and the souls of all of the people you encounter, might feel as though it is lost in a dark place from which it is unable to escape. Lonely. All of these souls wanting care and to gain attention, to be brought into the light.
I’m wondering during this month of attention what it might be to truly pay attention to our souls. I wonder what it might be like to truly pay attention to one another’s souls. Maybe it would be to stop when we greet one another to ask, and respond, how we really are.
Or, it might be to ask more questions than state answers. Maybe, this attention comes through silence, the quietness within or the quietness shared.
It amazes me how infrequently I remember to stop and to notice. What am I missing? I encourage you this month, and longer than this month, to make a practice of stopping. Practice noticing. There is a world to experience through all of your senses, if you choose to notice it. You are surrounded by people who are filled with love, worry, fear, joy, and stories upon stories of their lives. Noticing them, paying attention, may prove a blessing you’d never imagined.
I hope that you will bless me in the coming weeks and months by spending time with me. I want to talk with you, not about anything in particular, but to know you. And, I’m excited to offer a simple way to schedule with me, be it a warm beverage at a coffee shop, a lunch together, talking at the church, or a one-on-one meeting about church business. Simply go to https://calendly.com/ministeruuutica, choose the type of meeting you’d like to schedule, pick a highlighted date from the calendar, and select an available time. The website will add it to my calendar (possibly yours if you keep one online) and send an email to both of us that it has been scheduled. We’ll both have the opportunity to change or cancel the meeting if our availability changes. I genuinely hope that you will make use of this service.
“How to Listen”
by Joyce Sutphen:
Tilt your head slightly to one side and lift
your eyebrows expectantly. Ask questions.
Delve into the subject at hand or let
things come randomly. Don't expect answers.
Forget everything you've ever done.
Make no comparisons. Simply listen.
Listen with your eyes, as if the story
you are hearing is happening right now.
Listen without blinking, as if a move
might frighten the truth away forever.
Don't attempt to copy anything down.
Don't bring a camera or a recorder.
This is your chance to listen carefully.
Your whole life might depend on what you hear.