When we first arrived in Canada, back in March 1996 from South Africa, we left a country that was familiar, where we had routes, purpose, and a sense of belonging and arrived in a new place. A different place. We arrived from a country with two seasons; extremely hot or rain: to a country with four seasons. Snow was a new learning for us. Canada was not yet home and was still very foreign and strange; yet familiar, at the same time.
Deuteronomy talks about the promise that the People of God will be led by God to a good land. A land with flowing streams, and underground springs. A land that is bursting with vegetation, produce and where you can eat without ever worrying about food running out. This is a land a tremendous abundance and life. A land of promise, opportunity and potential not yet realised by the People of God.
Whether we have lived in Canada our whole lives or Canada is our chosen home, how does this country keep providing you with resources and opportunity that awaits to be discovered? In a year where many have had employment suspended or terminated. A year, where people of colour and creed who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19; may we seek opportunities to play an active role in creating a more sustainable way of living on this fragile earth, our island home.