I am Linda (Johnson) Burnworth, one of Liberty’s Stephen Ministry Leaders and former Parish Visitor.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As a nurse, I know that I must care for myself so I can bless others. Spiritual practices and self-care go hand-in-hand.
I have been re-reading the treasured teachings of Henri Nouwen, a world-renowned spiritual guide. Nouwen offers this counsel: “While it is true that God is a hidden presence, we have to let nature speak to us about the God who is everywhere.” To tend my spirit, I am embracing solitude and remembering that nature can be the best contemplative companion.
When I need solace, I head to Liberty’s campus. First, I take a leisurely stroll to explore the Pathway to the Son. The trees are budding, the birds are singing, the daffodils are in bloom, and the brook babbles gently. I sit quietly on a bench, breathe deeply and pray honestly.
Then, I walk the Memorial Labyrinth and linger in the center to rest and reflect. The stone is inscribed with the reassuring words of Psalm 46:10, which reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God”. I thank God for his faithfulness and for the precious people He puts in my path. And I listen for that still small voice. Peace, blessed peace.
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