Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Phil Thorsen

Pastor Phil Thorsen

St. Martin's Lutheran Church

 

Pastor’s Note – August 25, 2020

While driving to or from St. Martin’s last week I heard an interview with Vivek H. Murthy.  He is a medical doctor who has just come out with a book titled: Together – The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.  During the discussion and in his book, he offers four key strategies he believes will help us not only to weather this COVID crisis but also to heal our social world far into the future.  I hope you find them as help as I am.—Pastor Phil

  1. Spend time each day with those you love. This is not limited to the people in your immediate household.  Reach out also to the other members of your lifeline via phone or, better yet, videoconference, so you can hear their voices and see their faces.  Devote at least fifteen minutes each day to connecting with those you most care about.
  2. Focus on each other. Try to eliminate distractions when interacting with others.  Forget about multitasking and give the other person the gift of your full attention, making eye contact, if possible, and genuinely listening.
  3. Embrace solitude. The first step toward building stronger connections with others is to build a stronger connection with oneself.  Solitude helps us do that by allowing us to check in with our own feelings and thoughts, to explore our creativity, to connect with nature.  Meditation, prayer, art music, and time spent outdoors can all be sources of solitary comfort and joy.
  4. Help and be helped. Service is a form of human connection that reminds us of our value and purpose in life.  Giving and receiving, both, strengthen our social bonds – checking on a neighbor, seeking advice, even just offering a smile to a stranger six feet away, all can make us stronger.

 

          Dr. Murthy goes on to tell how a physician mentor he had who would pause and take a deep breath before he entered a patient’s room, using those few seconds to remind himself how grateful he was for the change to help someone heal.  Today, we all share this opportunity.  Healthy relationships are essential as vaccines and ventilators for our global recovery. 

          He ends the introduction to the book with these words.  “This pandemic isn’t the first and won’t be the last time our social connections are tested, but it is rare for the whole world to face such a grave challenge simultaneously.  For all our difference, our shared experience is itself a bond.  We will have this memory in common for the rest of our lives.  And if we learn from this moment to be better together, we won’t just endure this crisis.  We will thrive.

 

 

 

 

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704-982-7644

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828-612-1595 (call or text)

Physical Address

16592  St. Martin Road
Albemarle NC 28001

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Oakboro, NC 28129

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Thursday: Sermon Preparation Day

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