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I don't know about you, but I'd say the last six months of restrictions and social distancing has certainly brought some disappointments, but also some surprise silver linings.

For example, I turned 50 this spring and was disappointed not to be able to celebrate in the ways I hoped; however, I was able to move to a new home, which I wouldn't have been able to do if I had been travelling for work. And again, this fall Journey had to cancel it's internship program because of travel restrictions; however, there's been opportunities to offer virtual programs to people who wouldn't have been able to access them in person. That was a great silver lining! 

So I hope there have been silver linings for everyone at North Shore Alliance in the midst of the changes and possible disappointments experienced individually and as a community. I appreciate how the pastoral team continues to find ways to bring this community together - online and appropriately-distanced in person!   

Below is a short testimony from someone who participated in a small group at the North Shore Journey Discipleship Course that ended this past spring; I hope it encourages you:

"In a time of transition in my life, Journey helped clarify who I am and where I have been, before I plan my future in listening to God. I felt the loving presence of other participants as they witnessed my voicing of difficult relationship experiences. The leaders were compassionate and insightful as they listened to the Spirit with me. When the weekly sessions came to an end, I felt cleansed and renewed through worship at the cross. It was a powerful experience of Christian community for me. I felt affirmed and strengthened for what is ahead."  



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