Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5, 2013

After the rain the roses grows thick and pink. After the thunder the sky
is silent. After the river has swollen past its banks and destroyed much of what is valuable to our neighbours, the impact settles like mud on dry ground.

Grief and loss sink deep into the spirit.

As the cleanup proceeds, your church is present. Before you knew it, people and funds were on the ground. Volunteers are showing up. Church givings are being delivered through the local congregations in  High River, Siksika and Calgary. We can make donations through
The United Church of Canada website ( and through cheques mailed to St. Paul’s. Cheques should be made out to either The United Church of Canada or St. Paul’s United Church, and marked “Alberta Floods”. All the administrative expenses are covered by our Mission and Service Fund, so every donation we make goes in
its entirety to relief efforts.

And we are listening to the stories, offering the spiritual care Christ taught.

We will shoulder some of the work, some of the grief, some of the heavy lifting. And we will pray for our neighbours.


The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean

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