A Word of Encouragement from Kathy Klassen – April 22, 2020

We are praying for you in these challenging days. Thanks for being on the front lines in your own way. For many of us it has been a season of mixed emotions. On one hand some of you have expressed feeling a bit like “more bricks and less straw.” We are putting in more hours but feeling like we are getting less done. Some of you have talked of 18 hour days and working into the wee hours. Alongside this has been an excitement about
the new that God might be bringing and wanting to make sure we don’t miss it.

In the midst of all this, it is important that you not forget to take care of yourself. This past week it was drawn to my attention that this is a marathon not a sprint. With a sprint you give it all you got and lay it all on the track right up front. With a marathon, you have to hold back and conserve your energy if you are going tofinish the race. Can I encourage you in these days to ask the Lord what “conserving your strength” looks like
for you. For some of you it is reconfiguring your Sabbath. For others of you it may be a perspective shift where you come to God each day and in your quiet time with Him, ask Him to prioritize for you what needs to be done that day. What does He want you to do?

Silvia Ruegger, a Canadian Marathon Olympian, said this about running the marathon. “You will encounter what I call ‘Tunnels of Darkness’ moments in the race when you say to
yourself ‘If I feel like this till the end, I don’t think I can go on.’ The truth is, you won’t feel like that till the end. That is why I call them ‘Tunnels of Darkness.’ Just like when you are
driving a car, you may go through these periodic tunnels where it seems very dark and you can’t see light. But very soon you see light. The same is true in the run. Just hold on, for 2 minutes, 3 minutes, relax, breath and all of a sudden you come out of that place and you recognize you can go on.” Click here for the rest of her article if you’re interested.

Silvia succumbed to cancer last year. As a believer she knew how to lean into the Lord for both the physical and the spiritual tunnels she faced. If you’ve hit a wall or felt like you are in a tunnel of darkness, hang in there. You are going to get through. In these times it is important that we find ways to breathe, to grieve, to deal with the angst that we might be feeling. Who could you call just to blow off some steam so that you can get through the “tunnel of darkness” you might be facing. Just a reminder that as an ECD Staff we are here to help in any way. Our Counselling Assistance Plan is also available to you if you need a safe outlet. It is never shameful to own up to our struggles and reach out for help. Please don’t hesitate to call.

Claiming for all of us David’s declaration that he makes in Psalm 27:13-14

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”.

Kathy Klassen
Director of Relational and Spiritual Vitality