#GraceInSmallThings 1041: a Folk Festival, a Choir, a Connection, Connectedness, and Helpers
- I volunteered to be in a backup choir for Choir! Choir! Choir! at the Regina Folk Festival this last weekend. I haven't sung in a choir in years, and it was incredible to raise my voice with over a hundred others.
- It was brilliant to get to watch the audience at Choir! Choir! Choir! come together as strangers and become one as a choir.
- We sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", and, in my typical fashion, I completely choked up through parts of it. A woman in the audience was choked up, too, and we caught each other's eye and nodded in understanding.
- Strangers can know and love one another without ever speaking or hearing the facts of each other's stories. Our connectedness and compassion are as real as we are.
- A violent Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — a rally that promises more rallies like it in the future — is an old evil that is finally showing its full face again. It's devastating, but so many helpers are rising up and getting to work to dismantle racism and white supremacy. I am so grateful for the leaders who are lighting the way for white people to take this movement down and change the systems that fertilize its continued existence.