A time to celebrate

Linda Wegner

I’m not alone in saying that we’re tired of hearing nothing on the news but COVID-19, riots and protests and scorching heat or pelting rain. In light of all that, I’ve decided we need to celebrate!

Top of my personal list: the upcoming celebration of my brother and his wife’s 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! I’d planned to attend but because of our mutual trepidation regarding flying at this time, I won’t be there. Thank God for advances in technology that allow for long-distance hugs and greetings. Congratulations, Doug and Pam!

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That same technology allows us to gather for church via Zoom. Although we miss the in-person interaction, how wonderful to see the faces and hear the voices of friends from our immediate congregation and across North America. Congratulations to our pastor and others who have so skilfully set this up.

Hearty thanks, too, for neighbours who have been so generous in supplementing our much smaller garden; freezers are filling up and stomachs are groaning with delight. These crops don’t happen by accident, so I’m sending thanks and congratulations to every one who has put in hours of hard work and harvesting.

Never to be forgotten and another “top of my list” of persons deserving of give special gratitude are all our essential workers and emergency medical staff. Be they ambulance or grocery store workers and everyone in between, each day you ensure our basic needs are met. Please accept our collective thanks.

Who deserves your thanks and congratulations in your world? Why not make a special effort to let them know this week?

Above all, let us not forget to give constant praise to God for His peace and strength during these times.

“… let all those rejoice who put their trust in you…let those also who love your name be joyful in you ….” (Psalm 5:11)

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