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Hi.

It’s been a minute. You’ve been busy. I have, too. But now we’re getting to the end of the year and having conversations about the end of the year. Holidays, Advent, 2021 plans, more uncertainty, more frustration.

I think that some people are almost grateful that family gatherings may be restricted because of COVID. They won’t have to have polite conversations with people who have been part of impolite conversations during the past months.

I need to confess that I have my moments of anticipating impolite conversations all the time.

All summer, I’ve worn a mask and a polo shirt with the logo of the hospital where I work. I’m so ready for someone to say, “Why do we need these silly masks?” My well-practiced response is, “Have you watched people die with COVID? I have. That’s why I wear a mask.”

I know it’s mean. But it’s true. And I know that it wouldn’t have the effect of helping people understand.

Instead, I’ve been doing some writing.

1. "Excess Grief" talks about the number of people who have died that is a greater number than previous years. It is a grief-filled year.

2. "Grief and Holidays in 2020" talks specifically about how to face the holidays this year.

3. Giving a Year Meaning: A Healing Journal for Advent 2020 is a journal that invites people to read and respond to reflection and remembering questions from the year. Rather than a devotional, it asks you and me to think. Or to act out of compassion to others. I’m looking forward to using it, and it’s my own work. Others have helped me see that it will be helpful for family discussions (especially at a distance) or groups. And as we all reflect on it, we can share conversations based on the each day’s work. (If you order it, let me know, and I’ll send you the PDF. Just in case Amazon takes awhile.) (I know. You keep hearing about it. And you've already ordered it, for which I'm grateful.)

Here's a short video about the book: Giving a Year Meaning  

4. Parkview Health is where I’m a chaplain. We have done memorial services a couple times a year for a long time. These are times when people who have lost loved ones at our hospitals to gather and grieve together.

Gatherings aren’t happening face to face. However, Parkview Chaplaincy is hosting a memorial service on-line on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 pm (EST). You can watch the livestream if you would like (because many of us have lost loved ones this year. visit the Parkview Health Online Memorial Service live stream on YouTube shortly before 7:00 p.m. (EST).

In closing. . .
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe. Thanks to Sean and Ally, Kathy, Dan, Brian, Kent, Patrick, Nancy, and Hope who were at the heart of getting the Advent Journal going. And Rob and Becky who helped me keep it moving. David, Bob, Shirley, Becky, and Wendee have been part of the sustaining team in the past few months. 

And, if you'd like to know more about supporting this project and 300wordsADay.com please read "sustaining". 

Thanks! Peace. 

Jon 

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