In times of need, it may feel dark. You may feel helpless and hopeless. After the June flooding in Southern Alberta, this is how many people still feel. The floods devastated a good part of my community, yet we cannot let that hinder our spirit.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16.
Last weekend marked a huge milestone for High River. It marked 100 days since the flood. Slowly the town is being put back together. A temporary business park opened to host local businesses who lost their store fronts. The Canadian Hot Air Balloon put on a spectacular show that included a glow balloon night. Then the annual River City Classic show and shine took place to cap off the weekend.
Sure it is sad to see the state of our town. Yet I am grateful for all the businesses that have returned. It will be even more satisfying when these businesses can return home! I am also grateful for these larger events to have continued despite everything this town had gone through. It was beautiful to see all the people who came out to support the glow balloons. It was wonderful to see all the people who came out for the car show.
It may be baby steps, yet if we keep our lamps lit, there remains a shimmer of hope. If we build it, they will come (Phil Robinson’s – Field of Dreams)