From Reverend Lynn Hellmuth, Vicar of the parishes of Hackness with Harwood Dale, Ravenscar and Staintondale, Scalby, and Scarborough, St Luke
As many of you will be aware I am still relatively new in post as Vicar of the parishes of Hackness with Harwood Dale, Ravenscar and Staintondale, Scalby, and Scarborough, St Luke – that’s six churches in 4 parishes. My first anniversary comes up in mid- February. As I review and reflect upon my first year in post one of the things I’m aware of is how challenging it continues to be to juggle the needs of each of the parishes and churches under my care, plus my wider ministerial responsibilities. And then of course I face the parallel challenge of trying to find the right balance between my “work” and personal life as I endeavour to put down roots in this unfamiliar part of the world.
These issues are not particular to clergy, of course. Most of us, I guess, struggle at times with finding the right balance between the various “compartments” of our lives – family time, chores, work, hobbies, friends, and so on. Recently I came across a poem which has helped me immensely as I think on these matters and I thought I would share part of it with you in case it might help you too. Although the title suggests that the poem is for women only, I hope the gentlemen reading this may also find the poem speaks to them.
A Poem for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life
This is a poem for someone
who is juggling her life.
Be still sometimes.
Be still sometimes……..
Be still sometimes.
Let it all fall sometimes.
Rose Cook, from Notes From a Bright Field (Cultured Llama, 2013)
“Be still sometimes, be still” the poet encourages. Perhaps you like me are drawn by the call to stillness in the midst of all our busyness. It is something the Christian tradition can teach us a lot about, and one of my priorities in our churches is to try and make room for quiet and contemplation, alongside the words and the music.
In the Psalms we hear God saying “Be still and know that I am God”, and the prophet Elijah at one of the low points in his life found God revealing Himself afresh, not in noise and activity but in the quiet.
This Spring time, this Lent, it might be time for you, for me, to take more time to be still.
To dare, even, to “let it all fall sometime” as the poet puts it. Maybe you will find, as I have, that it is as you choose to stop and let go, that you regain a fresh sense of equilibrium and the divine.
PS If you’d like to explore more about stillness do contact me. Perhaps a group of us could practice and learn more together?