#GraceInSmallThings 1041: a Folk Festival, a Choir, a Connection, Connectedness, and Helpers

Choir! Choir! Choir! Regina Folk Festival
Choir! Choir! Choir! Regina Folk Festival
  1. 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.
  2. It was brilliant to get to watch the audience at Choir! Choir! Choir! come together as strangers and become one as a choir.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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