The dear one and I have tried for the last 20 plus years to have an open house during the Advent/Christmas season in whatever parish we have been living in. I do a lot of baking and cooking, he does a lot of cleaning, then we host together. It is our gift to the folks we minister with and for.
Part of this is about building relationships. Relationships of trust, humour, love, honesty and grace. We are grateful to this place we call home for being able to do that. It has also been incredibly healing for both of us.
We are also on a healing, trust building relationship with folks who are First Nations, some of whom are members of our parish and some of whom aren’t. Today one of those who is a member of the parish and a big supporter of the work I am doing for the diocese gave us a gift. It is a dreamcatcher ornament. It will hang on our tree with pride. It is a sign of the trust and grace that is building here and a sign of hope.
I hope that we are up to the task that God is giving us, of being agents of reconciliation, agents of grace and love. I will continue to pray each day for this country of ours to heal and to be open to a new way of living together. I will continue to honour those whose land we walk on. I will give thanks that signs like this dreamcatcher are given. Signs of reconciliation, love and trust.