December 2, 2020

Over the fall, the sunrises have been spectacular. I noticed them particularly as they occurred when I was travelling to work. Now, we live in Transcona, almost due east of the school. Often I would find myself craning my neck, looking over my shoulder to see those glorious colours. Of course, whether I was riding my bike or driving in the car, this wasn’t the wisest idea. One should concentrate on the road ahead. Still, the skies were so very beautiful that I snuck some peeks in at safe intervals.

I think there is a message in there as we navigate through this pandemic. It is challenging not to focus on what is behind us, those beautiful pre-COVID days! If we focus solely on what we are missing, we risk not seeing the beautiful things that are in our path. That doesn’t mean we can’t look back and remember the good times we had, but it is important to be attentive to the present and to be people of hope.

When it is time to start compiling the newsletter for a term, I normally open last year’s newsletter and look back page by page to make sure that I include everything. This year, the experience of going through the newsletter was a bit more challenging, looking at the experiences from the fall last year. As I deleted the various pieces that could not happen this fall, I paused for a bit to remember. Then I started to think of all the blessings that have been part of this fall: the smiling faces behind the masks, the irrepressible joy of play, the reaffirming messages from families. What a beautiful time to celebrate, even though we are living a bizarre reality.

Our faith tells us that God journeys with us through good and bad times, but the journey is forward. We can reminisce about our Pre-COVID lives, but we can’t get mired in the past. As we enter the season of Advent, we remember that we are a people of hope, joy, peace and love. We will get through this pandemic. Let us look with fresh eyes at the good things happening right now, finding joy and peace in spending time with those we love, whether in person or virtually. As well, let’s hope and pray that the vaccines on the horizon, along with public health measures, provide us with a path through and into a future filled with many, more beautiful skies.


Christine McInnis

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. -Bernard Williams