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A Holiday Pastoral Note

November 17, 2017

As we move into this time of giving thanks, let us remember that it is also a time of loss and struggle for so many of us.  Perhaps we are remembering a loved one that is no longer with us, or maybe we are navigating challenging family dynamics, personal struggle like chronic illness, addiction or mental illness, or the love and heartache of caring for a family member who is ill.  As complex beings, feelings of gratitude often exist side-by-side with our struggles.  This can create its own challenging dynamic.  Know that whatever you are celebrating and struggling with that you are not alone.  The sorrows that have come to our attention this week include: 

Maryann Dillon has gone to New York to be with her sister-in-law Dianne who has entered hospice. She asks for your prayers so that Dianne's passing is peaceful and also continued prayers for her brother, Dan, who is recovering from his own health crisis. Cards and letters to Maryann's home are welcome.  

Pat Phillips and Michael Thoryn are grieving the loss of Pat's mother.  Cards and letters are welcome.

John Giovanelli is recovering from a fall at Carriage Hill. Cards and letters are appreciated. 

We hold Maryann and her family, as well as John, Pat, and Michael along with all who are suffering in our community in our thoughts and prayers.

May all who read this message know that we are all precious parts of a beloved community and that whoever you are, whomever you love, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, whatever your immigration status is, you are welcome here at Cedar Lane. Your trials, celebrations and everyday life has value to our community. You have value.

May the Spirit of Life and Love hold us all as we move through this season as one beloved community.