Message from the Minister

— by Rev. William Levwood, UUCT Minister

Taking a Moment to Remember

If you were at services this past Sunday you already know that my past couple of weeks have been busy!
Very busy!
Super busy!

I know I am not alone in this.

I know many of you are also reeling under the weight of never ending to-do lists.
Or you’re trying to remain calm as you look ahead and see the things that are coming up, and there are just too many, and, even though they aren’t happening yet, it already feels like they’re rushing towards you.
Or you’re busy dealing with your own health concerns.
Or caring for children. Or caring for parents.
Or you’re doing more than one of these things at the same time!

This is modern life, isn’t it? The rush. The busyness.

And so we carve out,
and those words are deliberate,
we have to carve out moments amidst the busyness
to pause,
take a deep breath,
enjoy a cup of coffee or tea,
listen to a beautiful piece of music,
step outside and enjoy the feel of the air,
the view of the trees.

Even that isn’t easy to do. To find time to do.
To reverse the momentum that’s hurtling you forward through time,
for just a moment,
so you can pause and catch your breath.

But we can do it.
We must do it.
We deserve it.
And it helps.

I’m also reminded of the words I quoted from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about committing to excellence in whatever work we do. This commitment to excellence in your work — whether that work is your career or it’s caring for your own health, or caring for your family — a commitment to excellence brings satisfaction.
It gives meaning to the busyness.
It brings joy amid the rush.

This too requires that moment of pause.
To remind ourselves that the work we do has a purpose.
That whether you are a city employee picking up the recycling from the curb,
or you are an elementary school teacher teaching children how to read,
or you’re traversing the white water rapids of working for the common good making policy decisions as a city or state employee,
or caring for a loved one,
or sitting in a controlled panic in a doctor’s waiting room as you await your own test results,
you are engaged in the work of love, you are growing love in the world.

Amid the the rush of all the busyness,
take a moment to enjoy just being.
Take a moment to remind yourself why it matters.
Take a moment to remind yourself that you are doing it for love.
Take a moment to remember that you,

you are a vessel
through which love enters the world

and grows.

This message published in the January 26, 2019 issue of The Meridian.