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What's New this Week
What's New this Week
Check out our new booklet:
"I Lost Someone I Love," is an inter-active story that helps children aged 3-9 years understand what is going on around them after the death of a loved one. $10 + $4 shipping.
Good News Page:
CHECK THESE STORIES OUT ON OUR GOOD NEWS PAGE:
STUDENT GROWS GIANT SUNFLOWER FOR HIS TEACHER
A Grade One student in PEI was given sunflower seeds by his teacher in late Spring - so she shouldn't have been surprised when he showed up on the first day of school with a fully-grown sunflower to give her!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
How great it is to check in on Canada's favourite animal celebrity, "Esther the Wonder Pig" and find out she is still doing well down on the farm in Campbellville!
TEENAGER PROTECTS OTHERS
A 13-year-old Halifax teen is using her sewing skills to make masks now that Nova Scotia has mandated a policy requiring facemasks be worn in all public places.
THE COMMON DAISY
We see them everywhere - the common white field daisy. But don't they lift your spirits?
B.C. TOWN SUPPORTS PRIDE AFTER VANDALISM
Read all about what Dawson Creek is doing to ensure that love for others prevails during Pride Week after vandalism destroys rainbow crosswalk.
Are you a clergy member or lay preacher looking for an idea about how to tackle this week's lectionary? Check out our weekly sermon bank. Each sermon is followed by a suggestion for a youth time story. All for $5/sermon.
Start your day with the good news here at "thank goodness". We strive to inspire a positive outlook in your life through our informational booklets, weekly sermons, and more. Browse through our website today and find the motivation that you need!
Thought for Today:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know.”
— A.A. Milne
Broken Places can be fixed
That's a lovely saying on the picture to the left: that in Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. More than likely, it is a metaphor for healing.
It is a good thing when we can let light - such as the golden, glittering light of gold - shine into our broken places!
All of us have broken places. And yet, when we heal those places, isn't it true that often they are much stronger than before they were broken? It is in the healing and recuperating and changing, that we become stronger. And to add gold to the cracks - well, that's really precious!
We are able to begin rejoicing again when bright light flows through to the inside of our aches and pains and troubles.
We all need to let light come in through the cracks in our lives. We don't want to exist in the shadows of broken places. Nor do we need to!
So, take note of all the cracks that make you feel broken right now, and allow the light to shine in and fill any of those spaces you feel weakened. And feel the warmth and the strength of God's creative glow.
And the Good News is: Can you think of something that has left you broken? How will you feel if you perceive those cracks to be areas that God's light can shine through? Never forget that God is in the light, but also in the shadow places of our lives. You have the power - thanks to God's Grace - to let healing light flow into and all around your pain. You have the power to become much stronger and more thoughtful because of your hurts. Our prayer for you today is that you start to see the light coming in through the cracks in your life. And that you are blessed by all your new discoveries seen now in the light of God's daily renewal.