On Good Friday, we had a terrible ice storm in Ottawa and not many folks would venture out to attend church. However, a brave group of parishioners managed to arrive at worship along with our pastor and musicians. One stranger was found among us that morning. As we greeted him warmly, we found out that this was his first trip to Canada from Brazil and his first experience with ice and snow. His wet feet and light clothing affirmed this. Even though his work conference was completed and yes, he was alone, he wanted to spend a few days learning about our city and Canada. Also, he was determined to celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday with other Christians, and he sought out our Lutheran church because he came from one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Brazil.
God, our creator, thank you for the gift of loving parents. We feel secure in your spirit that banishes our fear. You have blessed us with your love and grace. Amen. — BLSO