“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
Reflecting on 2020, it is hard to find words to describe our journey. At times, it felt like we were all racing in a runaway train, unable to comprehend how to cope or even stop the wreck we felt lay ahead of us. The year will go down in history not only for the tragic pandemic that swept across the globe, but for all of the aftermath left in its wake. For those on the frontlines who continue to serve us, we are forever touched and grateful. While much was lost in the wake of COVID, we concurrently dealt with a prolonged season of wildfires, and the tragic consequences of systemic racism in our society. We are all looking to 2021 with hope and the expectation that only a new year can bring.