Here we are, another dreary, cold January day, Covid infections far from over, more cancellations and Zoom gatherings and we all are wondering when and if we can ever get back to a safer life. When we talk with our children in other states and on the other side of the world we are continually reminded that question looms heavy on the minds and hearts of people everywhere. Two years ago we were determined. Last year we were optimistic. Today we are all tired, frustrated, looking for signs of hope.
Hopefully we have all done what we can to help: be vaxxed and boostered; wear our masks; and maintain distancing. Aside from those things, we are all probably looking for other simple ways to bring sunshine and hope into our days. What works for each of us may be different. Calling friends; spending time with those we love; taking a walk; reading a good book; tackling a new hobby; attending a church service; prayer; all can provide a respite in this continuing storm and also hope. It’s that hope that brings us optimism as a new day dawns and for those of us at St. Andrew’s a new day in our life together is on the horizon.
Last Friday evening I had my first opportunity to meet our new rector, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore and her husband, Chris. They had come to Greencastle to see a house they had just viewed on-line and put a contingency offer on. Yes, they really are going to come! It was truly a delight for Dave and me to begin to get to know Rev. Jen and Chris. She is coming with new energy, ideas, and a true passion to serve. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be a wonderful and welcome addition to our church family. I cannot wait for you all to get to meet and know them too.
So as these days wear on, please know Spring, the promise of new life and hope, a new rector and a new chapter for St. Andrew’s Church and its people are coming. Thanks be to God and to each of you, who with love and patience care for each other and continue to weather what’s been a relentless storm.