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Message from Rev. Lena Ali

Time certainly flies and even though we have been on lockdown on and off since March 2020, we are rapidly approaching August 2021 and on the 2nd marks the first anniversary of Kashaf's death.  Looking back, I ask myself: "What have I done during this time?"  To be honest, very little.  I believe that in all our lives, we experience shade and sunshine, good times and bad, joys and sorrows.  Glory be to God, that during these very difficult days, I have received so much support, love, encouragement and empathy from such wonderful friends, neighbours and family here and abroad.  Without this, I would not have coped and I pray that God will shower His richest Blessings on everyone who has been walking with me on this journey.

The Lebanese Poet, Kahlil Gibran once compared the heart to a tree.  He said that; "The heart's affections are divided, like the branches of a cedar tree.  If the tree loses one strong branch, it will suffer, but it does not die.  It will pour all its vitality into the next branch so that it will grow and fill the empty space."  I have lost my soul mate, my very strong branch and some spaces will never be filled, but I hope and pray that my life will be one on unending praise as I continue my journey through life like a bird with one wing in this world and prepare myself for the world that is to come.

The quotation; "Comparison is the thief of joy," is a good quote but sometimes we need to compare and when I compare my life with others around me, I consider myself richly blessed.  As I look at people suffering from devastating natural disasters, those who are displaced, the homeless, the housebound, the hungry, the unemployed, those who have lost loved ones and are left with young families or are facing a life of loneliness and neglect; I am grateful to God for his countless blessings and I pray that he will give me the strength, courage and good health to serve others in his holy name.

I also pray for each of you that God will continue to shower His Richest Blessings on you and your loved- ones.

In Christ