Dear St. Andrew’s family and friends,
Here we are again looking directly into the reality of the changing seasons: the whirring of the air-conditioning to be replaced by the firing up of the furnace; leaves changing colors and covering the ground; the end of the Farmer’s Market and First Fridays; and planning for fall holidays, Advent and the birth of our Lord. What is not yet changing is our global fight against the pandemic, Zoom meetings, and our continuing search for a new rector. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. How do we continue to find optimism and energy in these waning days of summer?
For me it comes from consciously trying everyday to put my energies towards being grateful for celebrating what is, not what might not be going “right”. Working to reframe my reactions and perceptions of what is can bring a new found enthusiasm and joyfulness. Yes, the pandemic is still with us, but there is new hope for protection with booster doses of vaccine and soon the ability to have our younger children vaccinated. Zoom, well it does get tiring and is probably here to stay, but it certainly has helped to build quorums and invite discussions among diverse people in our very mobile world. Yes, we are still “searching”, but we have been blessed with wonderful supply priests and Canon Kristin coming to provide those interested with a chance to explore and renew their faith. Fall and the ensuing winter months are indeed in the offing, but there’s nothing better than some hot chocolate and a fire on a cold winter’s day after a beautiful snowfall and building the snowman to rule all snowmen.
We at St. Andrew’s have been blessed with love and friendships, opportunities for service, and a beautiful place to worship, to find respite, and be inspired by music and the Lord’s teachings.
I truly hope this week finds you and yours healthy, relishing the moments that bring joy, and knowing that we are never walking alone.
Wishing you many blessings,