I wanted to share my opening reflection/letter to our youth and families. I don’t always do a big letter, but I know it’s finals week and the youth have been stressed out. This is what flowed when I went to write my “quick” greeting. Maybe there’s a message in here for you too!
Hello Youth and Families,
I know for many of you this week was finals and end of semester. You have been in my prayers and in my heart as you have been studying, staying up late, and probably yelling at your computer due to the various technological issues that have been going on! It can be scary to turn in the paper or frustrating to try to have to turn in a group project when one person never even participated. I hope soon you can rest, and just trust that good enough is good enough. You just turn in the thing, or do the test, and then… move on.
I read a great reflection from a parent the other day. She was realizing that she couldn’t expect the same of her child as before the pandemic. And that is SO TRUE! And… it was that good reminder that we can’t expect the same of ourselves as before the pandemic. I think it’s been so long we feel we should just be managing our new normal. And while maybe there are pieces of that that are true, the reality is… we need to let go of trying to be the BEST at pandemic times. We just need to get through.
My guiding word for myself through this whole thing is grace. I offer this to you too! May you give yourself grace and try to let go of what you can’t control right now. So, go make yourself some tea, or coffee, or a cookie! Go for a walk. Hunker down by the fire. Call a friend. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. And hear me when I say to you – YOU. ARE. ENOUGH! YOU ARE GOD’S BELOVED!
Know that you have so many folks cheering you on! and… If you are in need of some meditation and spiritual practices – scroll down to find some links to some that might be helpful. Also – at the bottom of this email is a new section for some emergency and support lines. Please reach out if you need support!
Director of Youth Ministry
Here are some resources for some spiritual practice. It’s so important to take care of our spiritual selves. If you have one to share, please let me know!
Need emergency support or care?
We know that times can feel REALLY hard right now! Your youth leaders are available to you! But here are some other resources for you!
Call or text a pastor at 206-445-3378, anytime.
Teen Link 1.866.TEENLINK (833-6546).
Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State. Our teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential.
Trevor Project Resources:
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- TrevorText: a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678-678.
- TrevorLifeline: Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386