Monday Morning Musings

Posted on March 28, 2016 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

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Peter MacDonald photo ( Summer 2015 )



I am rarely at a loss for words (!) .

Every once in a while you experience a sunrise or sunset that words, and even cameras, can’t capture. Such was the case Easter Sunday morning when I wandered up to Bethany at 6:30 a.m. to attend the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service put on by St. James United Church . I went at the invitation of Rev. Peter Smith, the amiable pastor of their congregation.

I’m not going to try and tell you what I saw. Those of you who revel in sunrises and sunsets know what I’m talking about. However, I can tell you that it was awe inspiring to watch the explosion of colors in the sky as we were singing “Morning Has Broken.” Sorry. You just had to be there.

I was relaying this to an old St.F.X. friend Rick Benson. Here’s what he sent to me:

“I was at an International Spirituality and Social Work Conference two years ago and we were in a session on prayer lead by a Rabbi from Israel and asked to break into pairs and discuss a random group of prayers with one another. I was paired up with a peace activist from Israel. We shared our thoughts on two prayers that were handed to us. The third prayer was “ Morning Has Broken.” We looked up at each other and spontaneously started to sing the prayer song. So, here we were, a Christian and a Jew singing a song that a Muslim convert ( Cat Stevens ) made famous!

May I heartily suggest that you add “ catching an early morning sunrise” to your bucket list. It’s cheap and you don’t have to travel half way around the world to catch one. I was going on five hours sleep Sunday morning and had to do some heavy self talk to get my ass out of bed to go to the service.

By the way, the folks at St.James are wonderful people. I was invited to join them afterwards for a pancake breakfast at the church hall.

I have some great stories coming up in “Faces in the Crowd” including one about a double lung transplant recipient. While you’re waiting to read this one ( mid April ), why not check your health card and see if you’re a donor. If you’re not and want to become one, check out this site:

For more information on how to become an organ donor, go to

If even one of you takes up my challenge, you could very well save a life.

Have a great week.

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