Dear Friends,

It appears that the Crud—flu, Covid, unidentified bugs—is making the rounds wherever humans are. I know a number of you are feeling crummy and I am so sorry! 

As if we don’t have enough to do in this time, what with end-of-year parties and financials and reports, finals and grading, Christmas shopping and wrapping and decorating and travel. 

How frustrated will you be if I suggest looking at it another way? 

I’m so taken by our Advent book All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings by Gayle Boss. Each day Boss looks at a different animal that lives near her in Michigan and writes about what winter, waiting, and preparation are like for that animal, then she makes a very subtle point about what we can learn for our own Advent waiting and preparation. Reading about each creature has me thinking about how to embrace the cold, the dark, the waiting. 

And what else is being sick but enforced waiting, awareness that we are not in charge of it all? As I, too, recover from some illness this week, I am trying to embrace this time—the waiting, the stillness—rather than fighting it. 

If something has stilled you this week, I pray you might find a little grace in it, too. 

Hope to see you in church—healthy!—this Sunday for Advent 2 and later at The Annex for Beer & Carols. Masks might be a good idea, too.

Faithfully, Suzanne+