Meet Pastor Dan
Pastor Dan Forsgren and his family arrived in North Idaho October, 2014. Dan and Sarah have been married for 19 years, and have three children: Donny, Karis, and William.
I looked back at what I wrote for an article in May of 2021, I had written about my lawn, the need for water, dandelions, and getting what we need. The thing is that needs change. This past December we got a new puppy. Minka is a lovely mutt who has brought her own style to our family. Things were pretty touch and go for a while there. The adjustments to our schedules, the vigilance that a puppy requires, and learning a whole new personality. Things are going well with our expanded family, and she has become a welcome addition to the Forsgren household.
My yard on the other hand, more specifically, my back yard is feeling and showing the effects of having not one female dog but two female dogs, one of whom, being a puppy has to go outside much more often than the other one. I read my article from last year and remembered the grass under the shade of my tree, how it was thick, lush, deep green...healthy looking; and now, trampled down, a sickly brown-yellow color, without much hope until I find some time to work on it.
Again, needs change. Last year the ground was yearning for a deep drink to help the grass awake from its winter slumber. This year, this year its going to need more. I will have to block off sections at a time to keep the dogs off, work the soil, plant new seed, and feed it, keep it hydrated, and once the new shoots spring up, and are given some time to establish themselves, I’ll move onto the next area.
What does all this have to do with you, or with our faith, or with the church? Maybe nothing, but I suspect that there is something there. Perhaps some reminder that things change. Take the church for instance, things look different than they did 3 years ago. There are operational pieces that have had to adapt to fewer volunteers, like ushers for example, we used to have four per service we are now down to two. Or did you know that Paula Moore sets up communion for every service we have? Things change and we adapt.
With you and faith, I want to address these together; because I believe they are both about self-care. The thing about self-care is that there is no one size-fits-all model of self-care. Each of us requires some different model, or type of self-care, but each of us, at some point, do require that we take care of ourselves. Remember mental health days? Self-care. Winding down at the end of the day? Self-care. Going for a walk? Self-care. It is so important to continuing to be a well-functioning individual.
My lawn needs something different than last year, and to be honest I do as well. And since we are all being honest here, I’m pretty sure that there are times you do too. Find what it is that you need and gift yourself with a little bit of taking care of yourself this Spring.
Pastor Dan Forsgren