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Perspectives: Renew, refresh for soul and spirit


Summer on our island is winding down; you can already feel it in the air. The children and their teachers will be going back to school. Vacations wrapping up. Football has begun.

As we slow down, our days turn to routines. We become re-rooted in the tasks at hand. And just when we get into a new routine, our lives start getting busy once again - an ebb and flow of activity.

I do hope that your souls have been refreshed by the warm summer days and the long summer evenings. The fishing and hiking and enjoying God’s creation.  

I am reminded of valuable words I was told when I began my work here – to set aside time to care for myself. Restore, renew and refresh my spirit.

Caring for ourselves is a tricky thing, though. On one hand it revitalizes us; on the other, we tend to feel guilty about doing something for ourselves. How do I fit anything else into my day? How can I put aside my obligations especially when people rely on me?

Caring for others and minimizing our own needs may sound like the right thing to do, but we all need time for healing and rejoicing. We need to be affirmed and valued, and not just by those who we help. We need to find what touches our hearts what inspires us.

I want my life to have meaning and purpose. I want to have a reason to get up in the morning and do God’s work in the world.

Writer Olivia Spears says despite its bad rap, self-care is more important than we recognize.

“Self-care is all about being good stewards of our bodies, minds, and souls in order to become the best version of ourselves. In Genesis, God commands us to take care of all His creation. And guess what? That includes us.”

We give away most of our time to others, don’t we? That’s what we are here to do - to love each other and build relationships. The hard part may not be what activity we choose for self-care, as much as giving ourselves permission to set aside the time.

In whatever way you are filled and renewed, as you transform your inner peace, you have more to give to the world God loves so much.

Margie Adams is staff chaplain of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.


Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.