From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Grace and Peace to you all. First of all for those of you in Santa Clara County, at the bottom of this email is some information regarding free counseling that is available for those impacted by the pandemic. If any of you know of similar resources for San Mateo or Alameda Counties, please let me know. The sharing of information can help us all move towards healing.
Friends, I know many of you are still carrying heavy burdens. Do keep in mind that PTSD is real and is rampant. I pray you and your staff take time to mourn, rest, and heal into wholeness. Please remember we are here for you and people are holding you in prayer.
Scripture: James 4:7-8
"Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you."
My "devil" is procrastination. I am often slow to take on what I perceive to be a difficult task. The irony is that procrastination takes an inordinate amount of energy and resources to maintain. It has to be fed continually. Often, far more energy is needed to procrastinate than to simply do what needs to be done. It is a heavy burden because we have to continue to carry that which is incomplete or undone. We can end up carrying so much that things can end up either not being finished well, or dropped and forgotten about.
Yet, we always have a resource to help us. We can remember Jesus in the desert. When faced with temptations, he relied completely on God. He held on to the teachings and refused to succumb to the illusion that he could be powerful and mighty. He knew that was not his path, so he did not walk it. He refused to pick that burden up.
Holy God, too often we make things difficult for ourselves and those around us because we try to carry too much. Help us to decide what truly needs to be done and to trust that you will help us complete those tasks. We thank you because so often you bring us help through one another. You remind us that we seldom need to do everything ourselves. Help us to not turn our illusions of independence into idols that only increase our burdens. May we remember that to be in Christ is to be in relationship. Knowing that we journey together, may we stay open to one another and to be thankful for one another. We know that in that gratitude, we are giving thanks to you.
In loving gratitude we pray, Amen
For those of you in Santa Clara County
A generous grant has allowed La Selva's Community Clinic to offer FREE telehealth counseling to underinsured and uninsured individuals who have been impacted by the pandemic. Healthcare workers are especially encouraged to participate, but all are welcome. Services are short-term and available in both English and Spanish. See this link to sign up and for more details. Contact Karen Salas-Caballero (employed by Momentum for Health) (408) 757-8449 for more details.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ