Last week had been a pretty stressful week and with the news over the weekend of a coworker's family, it wasn't much better come Monday.
I had decided to try a water aerobics class that was taking place in Springfield with several people I knew from my years of living there. Needless to say, it was just what I needed! I felt so much better after that class. The exercise and coolness of the water along with many good laughs melted away the stress.
In fact, I felt so good, I even grabbed my bike and went for a four mile bike ride around the Sleepy Eye Bike Trail. It was such a beautiful night who could resist being outside. And, from the number of people I met on the trail, others had the same thoughts too.
Our office is like one big extension of each other's family. When one of us rejoices, whether it be family weddings, engagements or new babies, we all share in that joy with them. But when one of us is hurting, we all hurt as well. We offer each other prayers of strength, courage and healing. That has been our prayer for them and their family.
The news for the community in the last week has been pretty devastating with the loss of our local doctor, someone so young and another taken by cancer. The community of Sleepy Eye was not only shocked but has suffered deep losses and will need time to heal. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a loving and caring community to help its own recover from devastating blows.
The community of Sleepy Eye cares and rallies together to help our residents heal and recover from accidents, disease and death when a loved one is affected.
Maybe they are your neighbor, church member, coworker, friend, family or maybe you don't know them at all. The one thing we can all do is ask for God's help through our prayers. We can pray for courage, strength and for God's healing hand to touch the lives of those in need.
May God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Thought for the week: Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. The Holy Bible, John 14:27.