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Share Your Story #12: "Praise"

As the epidemic worsened in April, the building management office had closed all facilities and one could not stop at the lobby on the ground floor. The elevator could only take two people and all residents could only stay at home.

At the beginning, I couldn't adapt to such a thing: unable to communicate with people, unable to go out to do things, unable to complete many goals, and even often clashes with my family at home ...

But little by little, my mind was calmed and I could see some of the rare and blessed things in my life.... For example, I see that it's often sunny, I feel the streets are quiet, I breathe in the fresh air, everything as far as I can see is so peaceful and easy. A rare break in my busy life….

As the days got longer, so did the sunshine. One afternoon, I took a cup of coffee out on the terrace, and as I drank it, admiring the clouds and the stillness of the land, I realized that I had not appreciated all the beauty created by the great creator for a long time.

I couldn't bear but take a pen to write a psalm that praised the creator:

The early spring sun sprinkled generously,

In very corner of Toronto,

For this quiet but restless city,

Leaving a touch of rouge behind.

The warmth that chased away the chill last night...


A layer of clouds floating leisurely.

Waves of whispering wind.

High rise buildings dotting the landscape.

It is amazing how small and quiet this West Toronto seems....

Thank the world that Heavenly Father has accomplished,

Thank Heavenly Father for the unrest that raged by this virus,

Give us the temper and pruning of new life.

Give us rebirth by reshaping and refining

We may have had moments of self-sorrow and self-pity,

Lost the courage to move forward in this environment,

Under the weight of suffering,

I doubted God had sufficient grace.

Thank Heavenly Father for not treating us as orphans,

He comforts us with His staff and His rod.

Remove all lament from our hearts and minds.

Set our faith on fire once again!

Thanks Heavenly Father,

His timing is not wrong,

His secret protection,

To make our land sit on a place of beauty!

As the Bible writes, “Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.【Psalm 5: 11 ~ 12】

By: Carrie

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