Jun 24, 2018

Dear Wellspring Family and Friends,

What a full season it’s been: Mother’s Day, Graduation, Father’s Day, and formalizing and anticipating a new addition to our Pastoral Team. I’d like to know, “How are you feeling?” “How are you doing?” How I wish there was enough time, week to week, to ask each of you, and hear from each of you, how you are doing. I’m grateful you have one another.

With the recent tragic loss of Anthony Bourdain (the renown, extraordinarily gifted and insightfully probing traveling chef, author, documentarian, explorer and storyteller) and Kate Spade (talented and acclaimed fashion designer, and beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother), suicide awareness and prevention has once again become a focus as a result of living in a fast paced world with significant demands and expectations.

As Anthony Bourdain fans, Nathan and I have been watching re-runs and programs paying tribute to Anthony where friends and colleagues reminisce of good times and moments that Anthony allowed others into his private protected self. I wonder “why” or “how” a vibrant life and personality could succumb to feeling death was the only choice? Deep down, despite the excitement of visiting new people and places that are unseen and unreachable by the vast majority, and tasting the exotic, there was a dark place: a lonely place. If you listen carefully, Anthony himself alludes to that. His last show: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”. Subtly symbolic of the man he was.

Anthony’s vision for bringing information of vast and varying cultures to television was to make the world “a more inclusive place”. To celebrate differences; to encourage and endure “uncomfortableness”. Yup, he swore, drank, and pushed the limits when he could, explaining it was his way to be able to connect with people. While I am deeply saddened, I am grateful for his legacy of really seeing people and understanding their person, and the culture that shaped them.

Anthony’s and Kate’s death raises more awareness for compassion and paying attention to others around us. To see a person. To invite them to belong. To ask the important questions. To listen. With wisdom and care, to be Christ’s light and love to those who seem lonely, desperate and discouraged. To also know your limits, when you’ve done as much as you can and need to seek help from others. Is there someone on your mind today that would welcome a “hello” and “how are you”? Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessolonians 5:11)

Walking With You,……Cheryl

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