Dear beloved community,

As the school year seems to never end (or has ended far too soon),

as virtual graduations abound,

as we wait for Phase 2* with bated breath,

as we revel in the warm Spring air,

as we ache for those out of work, those ill, those who mourn, and those who have died,

as we seek to make sense of our lives and these times,

perhaps it would be good to stop for a moment, exhale, relish the gift of having this moment, and trust that in spite of all, and because of all,

we abide in the One in whom we live, and move and have our being.

And give thanks.

I find this prayer from A NZ Book of Prayer helpful. You might recognize the first part!

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,

the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

God our life, be with us through this day, whether it brings joy or sorrow. Help us when evening comes to recall one benefit, one moment of grace for which to give you thanks.

Amen.

Don’t stop believin’… washin’ those hands… or wearin’ that mask.

with blessings, love, and buckets of compassion, 

Emily

PS. Our neighbors need us. See announcements below for ways to support Arcola Elementary; our homeless neighbors in DC through Street Sense; local businesses in Kensington; and the Mid-County United Ministries Mobile Food Bank. If YOU need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the me.