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The Journey: the UCC Mental Health Network Blog


Welcome to the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN) blog, The Journey. Our weekly posts will explore mental health and addiction through the lens of our Christian faith. We will write about how our personal experiences affect our lives and how our spirituality supports our journey. Everyone who is living with a mental health or addiction disorder, or has a loved one who is affected by a mental health challenge or addiction, is on a journey. Together we can connect with each other and share some ways to travel the path of hope and wholeness.

Tears by Kirk Moore

written by Kirk Moore

Sometimes I write poetry.  Here’s a poem I wrote about Mary weeping outside Jesus’ tomb.

Tears
Tears for death
Tears for death and fear
Tears death, fear, and confusion
Tears for death, fear, confusion, and anticipation
Tears for death, fear, confusion, anticipation, and surprise
Tears for death, fear, confusion, anticipation, surprise, and hope
Tears for death, fear, confusion, anticipation, surprise, hope, and happiness
Tears for death, fear, confusion, anticipation, surprise, hope, happiness, and resurrection.
Tears

Kirk Moore is a guitarist, vocalist, and a certified music practitioner, (CMP).  He’s also the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Downers Grove, IL and a member of the executive board of the UCC Mental health Network. Find out more about therapeutic music here.




Sun and Surf and Sand in my Toes by Kirk Moore

vacation montage by Kirk Moore

Written by Kirk Moore

{With apologies to, and a hat tip to the estate of Ian Dury and the continuing legacy of The Blockheads.}

Sun and surf and sand in my toes
Is all my brain and body need
Sun and surf and sand in my toes
Is very good indeed


Are you singing a tune in your head?

Yeah -- I think I want to start a punk band.

OK, not really. And sun and surf and sand in my toes (or the original three from Ian Dury . . .) aren’t all my brain and body need.

But my brain and body do need sun and surf and sand in my toes.

My brain and body need more - not less - nature. I need a deeper connection with trees, soil, water, wind, and sun.

Why? Because it helps bring my system into balance. Creation is so much more than a  simply a Bible story and something for human beings to use up for the sake of powering more and more machines.

Creation is a sacred, healing, core-balancing work of art.

And I need it. I just spent a few days absorbing it.

What is it that helps bring your system into balance?

Kirk Moore is a guitarist, vocalist, and a certified music practitioner, (CMP).  He’s also the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Downers Grove, IL and a member of the executive board of the UCC Mental health Network. Find out more about therapeutic music here.