Ephesians 2: 11-22 v 19 “That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God’s people and members of God’s family.”
I have had the wonder of grandchildren being born during the pandemic. However there has also been the tragedy of the lost children being found in mass graves on the grounds of the residential schools. The loss to those grandparents and parents so great. In the New Testament Jesus was sent to the world to blur the lines drawn up by the culture of the time that divided the people into Jews and non-Jewish people.
Yesterday in trying to understand the divide between the colonial people and the aboriginal people of North America I watched a movie by the Canadian Film Board “Club Native “ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sriEta7CHyU My take was the mixture of years of colonial rule and blending with aboriginal culture was creating divisions within the “Club” just as there are divisions in the “colonial club.”
How are my grandchildren who will know no other land than this one, but are only second and third generation Canadians live together with those whose families have lived thousands of generations on this land? Looking to the past for inspiration on how to live now and in the future is extremely valuable and why I believe the Christian philosophy that we are citizens together and members of one family is a foundation that can be built on. Just as members of a family have different skills, passions and ways to live but can join together for a celebration maybe by next Canada day the celebrations will be multicultural as we all join together as one family to celebrate living in this great land.
Prayer: Loving Father, join Canada together for your glory , as one family, learning from the past , respecting the present, and being kind to each other today. Amen.