Canada Day

Waking with a heavy heart given last evening’s reports of Lytton, a nearby village and Canadian hotspot, suffering catastrophic damage from fire. Reports say residents had about ten minutes to get out after the fire started. The videos I’ve seen this morning are heartbreaking.

Record-breaking heat, tinder dry forests, lightening strikes, and now heavy wind. These things don’t bode well for this year’s fire season. Already, the skies are smoky. I expect it’s going to get much, much worse.

Here in Kamloops, they’re forecasting a high of 38C / 100F today. I wonder if it will seem refreshing after this week’s extreme heat. The wind is wild—and that is not good.

Today is Canada Day. There is a shadow this year given the growing number of unmarked graves being discovered on the grounds of former Indian Residential Schools and a collective eye-opening of our past.

I am still proud to be Canadian. We are not perfect but we can’t change what’s happened in the past. The way forward is through listening, seeking to understand, and doing better now that we know better.

There’s lots to reflect on today.



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.

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