• Lloyd Bruce

Musings, If A Tree Falls...



If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

If Lloyd writes a Musing and no one has internet to read it, does it make a difference?


Such were the questions I posed to myself as I sat down this afternoon to write after spending the earlier part of the day attending roof repair, clean up and lunch deliveries to some still without power.


The answer to both questions is of course a resounding yes.


Blowing wind: pounding waves falling trees, a destructive force invisible to our eyes, yet the results of which cause grief and loss for so many. Homes, trailers, and cottages damaged or destroyed. The food in fridges and freezers lost because of an absence of electricity and the additional costs for repairs to property and the replacement of those things lost… it is staggering.


Into such loss and grief the best we can do is help where we can and how we can – be it a kind word, a warm meal, the loan of a generator or chainsaw, or the delivery of a cup of coffee. Every small act of kindness makes a difference.


If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

If Lloyd writes a Musing and no one has internet to read it, does it make a difference?

If help my neighbour and no one acknowledges it, does it make a difference?


Yes!


Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley

A postscript: Like many I was saddened to see that the Red Oak (pictured above) that I have passed many times going to and from Halifax was a victim to the winds of Fiona. Thanks to Len Wagg and others, there are many beautiful images of its stately presence over hundreds of years!

Lloyd


Looking Ahead

Tomorrow I will gather with the Lectionary Study Group at 10:30AM recognizing that there may be some who are still without power who will be unable to be with us. At 4:30PM I expect to take part in a meeting with one of the community groups that I liaison with, and in between the two I’ll be doing visits in-person and on the phone.


Wednesday I have a meeting scheduled to take place in Moncton in the morning and later in the day, at 6:30PM I’ll be present at the weekly gathering of Seniors Sharing the Table at 6:30PM.


Thursday will be devoted to completing the liturgy and sermon for Sunday.


Friday and Saturday will be days off and on Sunday we will gather at 11AM for World Wide Communion Sunday and at 3PM Jennie and Lloyd will be offering leadership at the Drew for their Sunday Gathering – for the first time in over two and a half years!


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