|Next conversation is with the insurance company|
300,000 homes, or about 650,000 persons lost power during the ice storm, the worst ever to hit Toronto. Where we live was hit very hard. At 2:30 in the morning the sound was like that of a war - except branches were coming down, unable to hold up under the weight of the ice.
|Christmas 2013 will always be remembered for this|
On another street, a huge branch of a tree came crashing down on the house and the car. Whole sections of the area we live in were affected for days. Temperatures kept dropping in homes. Stores were shut down and police stations also affected, as were fire stations.
The street beside our church building looked as if a war had happened there. Cars were smashed by falling limbs and today, right now, a full seven days later, the light is still not back on for these neighbors
|Every tree shone with ice covers|
But the precious truths were told and retold. Yes, it's a very traditional service - and those three stories - the first two being new to the congregation and the last story is always the same one. Of course, the Bible readings never change.
Our pastor said, "I never cancel a service. I didn't know the auditorium would be packed out tonight."
|A congregation is so much more than a building|
Two - like us, there are thousands of congregations that meet in the dark around the world, in places where they are "under-ground" because "men love the darkness more than the light".
Three - Innumerable stories of goodwill and charity are pouring out across the city - when was there ever a Christmas in which so many neighbors reached out to one another for days with hot soup, helping with children, looking in on shut-ins. The talk of strangers at the grocery store, "How many hours were you in the dark before the Hydro crew restored your electricity?" is one of a common experience - living in very cold homes for endless hours.
And the greatest lesson of all? That our Lord Jesus Christ came into the darkness to bring his light - the Light of Life.