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Dear Friends,

We are all beginning to feel relief from more than 18 months of isolation and distance from our families, friends, colleagues, worshipping communities, and all who have a role in our lives.

Our lives came to a halt from one day to the next. While we maintained ‘social distancing’ from the world around us, none of us were really, truly separated from each other.

People around the world found ways to come together as we banged pots and pans from our apartments, stood on porches with lit candles, sang songs and made music together using internet tools such as Zoom, and of course, we used the telephone and letter writing to stay in close contact with our families and friends.

We have so much to be thankful for as we reflect on these past months. As we emerge and celebrate and most certainly as we focus on transition, we keep our grateful hearts lifted in prayer. Henri Nouwen reminds us of this purpose and the liberation found within, “Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor, and your world.”

With my prayers of hope for you and yours,