Letter from Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson – May 14, 2021

Dear friends, 
How are you? Is life okay? Sad? Mad? Frustrated? Are you one of those lucky types that simply go with the flow and all is well?
I think one of the big challenges right now is that we don’t have a lot of people to talk to.  I mean, face to face.  We’re missing the human connections that give our lives so much meaning. I feel those interactions are coming soon as long as we wait out this lockdown.  Just a little bit more perseverance and I think we’ll kick Covid’s butt!! 
When I get sad and mad and frustrated, I start to dream.  i dream about seeing my granddaughter and try to think about what fun games we’ll play together.  I dream about a vacation — if I could go anywhere in the world?  I dream about planning a party.  I dream about giving my sons a hug. 
I don’t know why, but it makes me feel better.  Somehow when I dream these wonderful thoughts my mind takes me to good memories and I feel a peace of mind.  When we have dreams, we have hope, and when we have hope, we have love and joy.  As we hang on during this pandemic, dreaming is important. 
Our worship this week celebrates Ascension Sunday.  My sermon is called “Passing the Baton,” how Ascension Day is the moment Jesus leaves the earth and his disciples have to figure out how to go on.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btJR_JqM3pk.
SermonbyPhone, an audio recording of our service, can be found at 613-963-0064.
I saw some news from Debbie McIver via Facebook.  She completed her last chemotherapy treatment and got to ring the bell!  That’s not the end of all her treatments but it’s a major milestone.  Way to go, Debbie!! You’ve been an inspiration to many of us as you share your journey on Facebook.  We’ll keep praying for continued healing. 
Next week, I’ll be away Tuesday to Thursday but will be available all other days.  The following week I’ll be taking a break from May 24-30.  I’m pleased Phil and Tonja Aldis will be leading the service on May 30.
Please take care and stay safe. 
Yours in the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson



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