Sorry for the late edition - it's been a bit of a strange day and, to coin Simon's word from Sunday, I feel a little discombobulated.
Judith spoke on Sunday about this feeling of disorientation and those habits or spiritual disciplines that we can develop as a regular practice to help us through disorientating times. You might hear this spoken about in other settings as reslience - working on those things that help us to cope with challenge and change.
I like to think of those practices as self-care. Treating ourselves as whole people we need to attend to our spiritual needs, our physical needs, our emotional needs, our social needs and our intellectual needs. It can sound a bit selfish when it's written as a list like that but the reality is that we cannot care for others, serve others, minister to others or share the good news with others when "the well is dry".
The good news is that, unlike secular resilience methods, we are not relying simply on our own resources or those things that we have stored up when life has been easy and good. Instead, we have a God who we can fully rely on. The God who reaches out his hand when we are sinking. The God who calls us by name, loves us, knows us and says that we are his.
So build up resilience, focus on spiritual disciplines but also rest in the knowledge that you are never alone.