Good Morning my friends!
Traveled home yesterday from a much-needed time in Phoenix with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful time, and our hearts were full of gratitude and thankfulness.
As we gathered in a circle, we were asked to say what we were thankful for this Thanksgiving. There was sincerity and smiles, with the children laughing in the background. And then tears of JOY with the announcement of babies to be born in 2023!
But I noticed what’s missing, too; people are absent because of health issues, trauma, and other challenges. The past three years have been hard on all of us with pandemics, political strife, and perpetual problems that feel so difficult, while kindness and peace seem harder to grasp.
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Today is the first day of Advent, the fourth Sunday before December 25, commonly called HOPE Sunday. As the Advent HOPE candle is lit, may you pray for the HOPE the candle flickers for YOU and ALL.
Canon Martha K. Estes
Episcopal Church Women Province VIII President