Dear Friends, I had to take a walk today. I’ve gotten a bit snippy with my family and needed a reset. I don’t know if it worked, but I’m glad I got outside for a while. As I walked I berated myself for what a horrible job I’ve done at the whole quarantine thing. I had great plans for my family and myself. This was going to be a time of renewal, a time for the Hagels to support one another and grow really close. And here I was needing to go for a walk because I am losing it on
Dear Friends, It is hard to start something new, because you have to give up something before the new thing can begin. And the reality is that we like what we know much more than what might be, even if the “what might be” might be better or necessary. I am learning this lesson daily as I talk with other pastors and church leaders and consider what the future might hold. I really don’t want to let go of the way things were. It was comfortable. It worked. But here we are a
Dear Friends, Today Eleanor came downstairs and said, “I woke up and thought it was Christmas.” I replied, “Yeah, we’ve decided to repeat Christmas and try 2020 all over again.” Don’t you wish we could go back and begin 2020 again? Or maybe there is another time in your life you would take a do-over? I think that must be the way Peter, Judas, Mary and the rest of the disciples were feeling. “Let’s go back to the beginning. We promise we will get it right if we just get
Dear First Pres Friends, I am writing to you from home today. Kate and the kids are adjusting to days spent together without school and activities. And while these are difficult changes to our lives it is important for us to take the social distancing precautions seriously. At a meeting Tuesday of religious leaders with the Chautauqua Department of Health we were encouraged: Do not panic. Stay informed. The CDC has up to date information. Normalize your life as best you can.