I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
I’ve noticed that one good way to relieve emotional stress is to bring on some physical activity.
No news I guess but I am reflecting on that a good bit this morning.
Emotional intensity builds. It is so often the result of loving someone and being unable to make their hurt go away.
Like when a family grieves a death.
Like when a grandmother tells you of her exhaustion because she is keeping young children due to their parents having Covid-19.
Like when you see friends and family sorting through rare and special events like weddings and anniversaries and birthdays and not knowing exactly how to celebrate them.
Like when you have friends you haven’t seen in months and may not see for additional months - or years - or ever - and it gets down in your heart and soul.
All of that, and more, can build until your shoulders ache and your heart throbs and your tears flow.
I need to ease that emotional burden.
My friend Larry Weathers planted a big old 4 acres pumpkin patch. He bore the expense and the labor so that those pumpkins can fund some very important work in a very special place.
We put out a call for volunteers to help weed that patch today.
I am anxious to get started.
After a couple of hours with hoe in hand my emotional stress will be there still - that’s life - but my heart will be healthier, and my body stronger, and my spirit happier.
Those weeds are in trouble.
They’ve got to go so that I can cope.
As our Friend and I were walking and talking this morning we were on the subject of the exhausting emotional stress folks ae carrying. I told him about the pigweed and the teaweed and the morning glory in those pumpkin rows. He smiled at me the way he does and said…
“You’ll get more chances for that kind of therapy.”