Last week was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for me. I am so glad Holy Week is here! How I need to see my fragile life in the larger context of our salvation story of Jesus' final days on earth and resurrection.
It clearly is not spring here. All this is to say that I wonder how much of a factor this reality is for our churches in Alaska. I have been here long enough to see significant conflict in just about all of our churches. One thing I learned while serving our Soldotna UMC is not to engage in soul searching visioning during the winter. With lower amounts of energy, seasonal affective disorder, and isolation from family we seem destined to become crabbier at this time.
My ultimate point is this. Whenever our lay and clergy leaders face increased stress, anxiety, or conflict, think about the environmental effects that Alaska may contribute to our dis-ease. Seeing the bigger picture may help us realize that we're in this Great Land together, the amazing beauty as well as the tough challenges.