We are moving into holiday time and I know that we are longing to be with friends and loved ones just as COVID-19 cases are on the rise. For some it has always been a lonely time. I know it’s hard, but I want you to hang in and hang on. We’ve got a way to go before we can return to seeing people outside of our bubble, but waiting is an act of care for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.
Let’s think about things that we can do to stay grounded and connected in an intentional way.
One of the things that I’ve done is naming daily gratitudes. Mostly they are simple.
Just being aware of whatever is around.
The way the light shimmers on the leaves of the trees.
Two new kinds of birds in my yard.
A gorgeous crescent moon.
Connecting with family and friends by phone, social media
Yes. I am grateful for zoom during this time so that WE can be connected.
I know that technology is a challenge for some of us. We want to help with that!
What are your gratitudes? What keeps you centered?
I’d love to know!
Next week I’ll let you know the ways that we connect together over the upcoming holiday.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I have a lot of ambivalence about it for several reasons, one of which is the false stories about the “Pilgrims” and the indigenous people of our land.
And it has also been associated with gratitude - so this is about living in the tension.
Join us for a very special worship service this Sunday!
Read about it in the Saturday worship email!