Katharine is an active member of St John's...beautifying our worship services with liturgical dance, prayers and the occasional sermon.  Katharine's home studio in Georgetown, "A Healing Way", offers Nia, Reiki and Yoga. She is a White Belt Nia Instructor and a certified Level Two Reiki Practitioner. She joined St. John's as the Office Administrator in September 2012. We are so thankful for her presence in the church office.

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  • Apr12Thu

    Finding the Mountain...

    April 12, 2012

    Do you ever question or challenge yourself?
    Do you ever wonder where you are and how you fit in?
    Do you ever just want to crawl back under the covers?
    Do you ever want to scream from a mountain top?
    Do you ever just want to jump out of your seat and laugh until you cry?
    Do you ever take things personally but deep down know that it’s not about you at all?

    I have found myself questioning and challenging all that I know about life, all that I know about love and all that I know about myself.  I am okay with the challenge, as it connects me deeper to God, and deeper to the real truth that lies within.

    These are words for my inner critic...and words for people who may or may not think them of me:
    I am not sick. I am healing.  This a powerful mantra of mine, and saying it helps me to believe it.
    I am strong, even when you think I am not.
    I am just me, simple me, without all the answers.
    I am light, even if you see darkness.
    I am love...even if you no longer need my love or want to give it to me.
    Please let me cry.  I will be sad if I need to be and my tears will dry.
    I hear you say what you think I should do with my life. I hear you and I hear the call, but I don’t know my way yet.  Will you help me?
    Please notice the sparkle in my eye, and know that it is God shining its way, rippling outwards.
    I will dance, and not even fully comprehend how I can.
    I can take care of myself, but still need you to be at my side. Will you stay at my side?
    I am walking a path of healing, and I invite you to walk alongside me. Will you come?
    And I will climb that mountain even if you think I might run out of breath. So I invite you to tell me to “go” or tell me to “stay” – Either way, I will climb.

    Something has shifted within me and it’s hard to explain sometimes, or perhaps I am doing just fine in explaining it.  I understand who I am now. I see God everywhere, and not just at the front of the church. God is in my breath, and in the wind. God is in the earth and in the sun. God is in the bubble of hope and light that envelops me. God is in my beating heart and in the glow that resides in my soul. God is in you too.

    I am okay.  I am okay with my tough days and with my great days.
    I am okay.  I am okay with where I am.  I do fit in.  Our life’s journey is a puzzle and all of our pieces are needed.
    So may you go ahead and crawl under your covers if you need them. Scream from the mountain top, and laugh until you cry.  Dance and don’t worry what others think. Cry and let the tears dry on your cheeks.  God is here, always...

    ©kekrul 2012


    On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Susan Garrod-Schuster said:

    I'm home prepping for a colonoscopy tomorrow, and writing the message for Sunday! I'll just say that stuff is happening......I resonate with your words "God is here, always..." Many years ago I was hospitalized with a 6-week headache and having tests for scary things. The on-call chaplain came to see me and I bravely said, "no I'm fine you can go"..... In the middle of the night I woke in a sweat of fear and saw her sitting quietly at the end of my bed. I knew I wasn't alone and the fear left me. God reminded me to believe.


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