Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The four essential essence of hope and resilience

By Rev. Sharon Campbell Rayment – Special to the Sydenham Current

Many people are still experiencing severe anxiety in light of the pandemic, job loss, relationship struggles, work layoffs and money struggles.

I don’t know of anyone that hasn’t experienced some type of challenge, loss, or suffering in their lives.

After talking to a number of folks about some of their struggles and stories I found four common elements that I believe strengthen us and build our resilience.

The first element is faith.

Faith is “being certain of what we hope for and certain of that which we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith, hope, a knowing, that you can handle adversity because you feel certain there is a bigger picture, higher purpose, and essence that is within the struggle.

It is that essence that boosts faith and rekindles hope!

It is that essence that we connect with in prayer the second element.

We quiet the mind, reconnect within, and with the essence that is our source of hope, and the still small voice within that faith and prayer give rise to.

Faith and prayer are not exclusive to religion.

Faith and prayer are about life.

It is about connecting within to be grounded, present, and aware.

Knowing that God is our essence, our “being” that is manifested in all that is – in all of us.

This leads us to the third element: we are never truly alone.

I’m sure too have experienced being in a crowd and feeling lonely.

We may become preoccupied, distracted, ruminating on what is lacking rather than what gifts there are in the presence of others.

We forget that God is near, as close as the very breath that we take.

I feel it is that essence within us that connects us and inspires others to reach out to care for us in our time of struggle.

Someone shows up to help unexpectantly, a text from a friend arrives to encourage you, another cooks a meal for you, and on and on it goes.

God is always met in the other.

In the other person who is helping you, inspiring you, and giving you hope to continue.

The fourth essence is reciprocating care, compassion, and love that we received and to then reach out to “All my Relations United as One” (John 17:21) sharing hope.

It is faith, prayer, connection, and love that are the Essence of all of life bringing oneness out of diversity, wholeness out of brokenness, and compassion out of our struggles.

Join us in prayer, connection, and community at 11933 Fysh Line, on June
21 , the evening of the Summer Solstice to walk the Harmony Labyrinth to ignite peace, hope, and new beginnings!

Let us walk together to erase human division and build a world in which humanKIND is ONE.

One Breath ~ One Heartbeat ~ One Song in Harmony Together.

Until next time many blessings, Rev. Sharon.

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