Seven Days to Go

July 24, 2007

My departure is fast approaching! The sleepless nights followed by the 12-hour sleepathons have commenced. My excitement has not waned, but an element of apprehension has crept in. Some of you know about my fear of flying over water, well I guess I will be getting over that fear very soon.  I received a package of information from my priest about spiritual reflection and Compline services while we are in Africa. I will be leading spiritual reflection one night. The material she gave me is from Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. The reading has to do with burnout from the experiences of disappointment and loss. My nature is to care ‘too’ much, become overwhelmed and give up completely. This reading encourages those who care, to grieve loss and disappointments as a way to honor those experiences, heal yourself, and be able to continue the work that you are called to do even when it is painful.  The idea of traveling to Africa is so abstract to me at this point. And in the greater sense of my life, why now? What do I need to learn? I pray that God will open my heart and mind to these new experiences and help me discern what is mine to do. Amen. 🙂

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