Poem by Roddy Hamilton, a Church of Scotland minister
May we make time, O God, to pause each day
and reflect on what has been, and wonder:
what has been worth holding on to;
what has encouraged us; what has strengthened us;
what has hurt us; what have we questioned?
And in such reflection, may we begin to discover
what is lasting, what is worth holding on to,
what is worth letting go, and in such choices,
may we choose the kind of future
that is waiting for us when the doors open,
and we reshape the world once more.
Prayers and Love at Home and all over the World
by Sister Joan O’Keefe
On April 18 and 19 Nova Scotia experienced a mass shooting, the number unheard of before in Canada. Twenty-two loved ones killed and others injured leaving hundreds of people devastated by the loss.
The sadness has been overwhelming for many knowing how much hurt the families of the victims feel. In Nova Scotia there are hardly any degrees of separation. It seemed the next persons with whom you spoke had their hearts broken as well; they were friends of the cousins of one of the victims.
The air had been heavy worrying about all who were ill with the virus in Nova Scotia and many other places. There was a lot of grieving already for people who died of COVID 19 and other reasons.
On April 29 there was a Canadian Service Helicopter crash and six people died. One was Abbigail Cowbrough from Dartmouth. She had played the bagpipes on the deck of her ship on the previous Friday to honour those who had died during the mass shooting and their families We wept again.
Dealing with all of this as a large community and including all the personal losses among Sisters, Associates, colleagues, neighbours and other friends and not being able to give people real hugs is more than a challenge. We keep hope alive knowing how blessed we have been by the prayers and love at home and all over the world.
Wait Until the Sun-Shout Sister Choir Directors
Shout Sister Directors came together to pass a piece of our hearts and spirit to our Nova Scotian friends and reminding fellow Canadians to Wait Until the Sun comes up. A new day means new chances and possibilities. Shout Sister! Choir is an all-inclusive community choir for women founded by Georgette Fry in Kingston in 2012. We take an unorthodox and enjoyable approach to choral singing. The focus is on relaxing and having fun. Our members enjoy fellowship and mutual support in addition to joyful singing. We have 25 Chapters across Ontario. Our repertoire includes a wide range of music designed specifically for inexperienced singers (experienced singers also find it a welcome change!), aiming to increase the member’s confidence while they enjoy all of the benefits that come with the experience of singing together in a group.
Johnny Reid – People Like You
Dedicated to the people of Nova Scotia and the 22 angels up there looking down.