This poem by Mary Oliver is one of my favorites. The image of the cavorting goldfinches, the silliness that distracts from the busy, busy, busy. This is what I miss most of our life together pre-pandemic. I am every bit as busy (or more!) than I ever was, but those moments of silliness, of shared laughter, of small talk, of shared pieces of life are harder to come by. And it’s too easy to get buried in the heavy, the busy, the what ifs and the what nexts. So, here is a reminder, from Mary Oliver, from your associate pastor, and from the God of love and light and joy – an invitation to stop and revel in the silly, the delight, and the gratitude.