but not in that passive-aggressive "well, bless their heart" kind of way.
Thank you for this Nadia. Yesterday i officiated at the memorial service for a member of the congregation I serve in this rural small town, a man who touched many, many lives. His trans daughter stood bravely up to offer a musical tribute to her father. I reflected this morning about what a privilege it is to walk with folks through all these life changes and to proclaim God’s love at every step of the way. God bless you.
Nadia, I love the concept of God’s heart right behind my own so that I allow God’s love to come through me rather than the risk of drying up my own. It’s such a simple concept yet it’s so complex. Thank-you Ruth Harrigan
Although a blessing for a pastor, it is a blessing for us all, for all who dare to care
Thank you, Nadia. Your thoughts and words are appreciated and very much needed.
I am a RN who works in the community with dementia sufferers and have learned how to help each of them navigate this very difficult time in their lives. I say a little prayer before each encounter and follow it with, "Let go. Let God." As I reflect on your words, it reminds me to pray these words on behalf of myself. Thank you. You rock!
Thank-you, Pastor Nadia. I have recently retired from 37 years in mental health crisis intervention. I worked those years first as a volunteer, then as a paid staff person on a crisis phone line. It was an indescribable privilege. I believe my profession in some ways was not unlike aspects of your role as a shepherd caring for your people - coming alongside them in their uncertainty, numbness, hopelessness, anger and despair. Now, I find I am decompressing and may likely be experiencing secondary PTSD from the many traumatic stories and tears I have taken in. It has been a strange nine months, surreal really, since retirement. Your blessing, it's imagery of God's heart behind mine on which my heart can lean into was something I saw and I felt as you spoke. I needed your benediction, I needed the permission I couldn't give myself to give the traumas I have born to the one who can take them from me. I have a journey of healing ahead, I know. Your prayer for me and others like me is a beginning.
Me, i am a steel headed shipyard pounder, but, I pass this fine blessing on to my wife, Karen, a head start family advocate, 30 years in and had just about enuf. Thank you.
Beautiful. Thank you.
I found I could make people feel better simply by listening to them without judgment.
I did not take their sorrows upon myself, I earthed them. I let them pass through me and drain away.
this is stunning.
Thank you dear sibling in Christ. What a gift this is. What a joy to see you this past week. I thank God for the way your light shines in the world.
Nadia, the picture of gods heart behind mine is giving me the faith to love knowing god is loving through me!!! Blessings to you for your heart of love!
lordy, lordy. Tears in my eyes… Amen.
Nadia - this blessing is absolutely beautiful. As someone who has been a nurse for years and now works as a mental health nurse practitioner, this brought me to tears. It also brought such comfort as I strive to be a source of light and love to those in my care. Amen.
Thank you! I needed this beautiful blessing!
I so needed this blessing today and May this circle back to hold you , …oh beautiful pastor . Thank you Nadia