Holy Friend, Let me just remember—the whirlwind of detailed worries that tucked me into bed last night. Are they all here today? Fresh as daisies and ready for another round? Let us stop this madness that chases me. Hold me still and brush me off. Tell me there is no need to take that on myself, or carry this trouble all the way home every night. Open up this day with the certainty of grace at work for I live a promised life in your company, seeing how much matters in this world, doing the work that is mine to do, and leaving alone what falls to another. Thank you for good company in those promises, those knowing more, knowing less, knowing differently. May all be well in the vineyard today. Amen.

Diane Strickland is approaching her 33rd year as an ordained minister now serving in The United Church of Canada as retired clergy. She is a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist-Therapist, and Critical Incident Responder in private practice.

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