Posted by: jwhes | May 20, 2020

Moment from Trinity – May 19, 2020

Here is the link to a short video, made as the Garden Committee and a few gardeners prepare the plots to be seeded: https://youtu.be/lYaE9gC5mNk The wind is a bit wild but you can still hear me – I hope!

I spoke last Sunday about our faith being active and alive in our world. I know people have been doing these good works and have shared their experiences.

I thought I’d offer a couple of opportunities for people to think about and respond if they wished.

You may have heard in the news about the “Minimum Wage for All” that had its beginnings here in Manitoba. The Anglican and Lutheran Bishops have responded by writing a letter to the Federal Government (attached here); and the Outreach Committee at Westworth United has developed a template for our own letter (attached here); with the background and reasoning also included on the Prairie to Pine Region website (link here: https://prairietopinerc.ca/action-invitation-support-universal-basic-income/ ) created by Julie Graham, Regional Minister: Justice and Communication.

If this is something you believe in and would like to support, you can send a letter to your MP. Your letter (based on the template or create your own) may be sent by email or by Canada Post to your MP and does not require any postage. It is critical to include your address, especially your postal code, in the letter you send as this is how MPs determine that you are a constituent who they represent.

Jo-Anne writes:
the flower blocks are a new project from MPQ. I have the patterns for 8 blocks so far,so you can see I am a little behind. I have spent a good part of the last days down in my sewing room sorting out and tracing the fabrics for the next 6 blocks. I like to get the mess over with all at once and seem to get a better balance of colours if I am in the same mind set when I am choosing colours for the blocks– but, OHH what a mess I make. Now I will have to dedicate time to go down and sort it all out. Have fun quilting, take good care of yourselves

These blocks bring light and love and colour to our world as it wakes up to bloom in spring! the picture is attached

Thank you for all who have brought juice boxes and granola bars for West Broadway Community Ministry; we have delivered these each week and they have supplemented the free lunches given out to people who need help during these times. 50 toothbrushes and toothpaste have been donated for West Broadway folks as well! thank you to everyone who think of others during this time.

For those who find this time difficult and wonder how to continue dealing with these times, Ed sends this “Mountain” poem.

“If the mountain seems too big today, then climb a hill instead. If the morning brings you sadness, it’s ok to stay in bed. If the day ahead weighs heavy and your plans feel like a curse, there’s no shame in rearranging, don’t make yourself feel worse. If a shower stings like needles, and a bath feels like you’ll drown, if you haven’t washed your hair for days, don’t throw away your crown. A day is not a lifetime, a rest is not defeat, don’t think of it as a failure, just a quiet kind retreat. It’s ok to take a moment, from an anxious, fractured mind, the world will not stop turning while you get realigned. The mountain will still be there when you want to try again, you can climb it in your own time, just love yourself til then.” (Laura Ding-Edwards)

The words, images and phrases remind us to “be” who we are, in the places we are, for as long as we need. These are trying times and it’s okay to take a different path … in the scripture for this Sunday, Jesus prays for his disciples as they go through difficult times. We too pray for each other as we make our way down this new path; we are strengthened and encouraged knowing we are not alone.

Be well and be safe,

Elizabeth


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