Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
— The Gospel of Thomas

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Recently I’ve been gone through a time of low spirits – somewhat depressed and anxious. I’ve had a few personal and professional difficulties piling up, paid less attention to self-care – you know how it goes.

For me it feels somewhat like being lost in the woods. I thought I was on the right path, and suddenly the markers are gone, and I am worried and feeling somewhat lost.

The solutions do NOT include standing around telling myself how stupid I am for getting lost. I can skip this step. I CAN do the things I’ve learned to deal with such situations in the woods – marking the trail, guiding from the sun, walking downhill, etc.

I know the work of getting “found” again – will not always produce immediate results. Sometimes I have to apply multiple techniques over several hours to find my way again.

And it is very much like this when we find ourselves feeling spiritually lost. Putting ourselves down does not help. The way back to our chosen path will call on multiple techniques to get us there – reflection, meditation, prayer, conversation, shared work. It will take time and attention.

And we are not seeking a forever solution and a place to stop permanently. We are seeking a return to the path we have chosen. Rather than a stopping place, we seek the good and proper path for each of us. Our paths will change over time, and tomorrow’s choice may be different than today’s.

May we each find a good path for today, with love and joy on the journey.
Rev. George Buchanan