All posts tagged: valley of despair

The Good Samaritan Neighbour

What is the greatest gift you ever received? Or the best day of your entire life? You can almost taste your memories sometimes. You recall exactly where you were, what was happening, who was there, etc. These are precious memories that often bring tears to our eyes. And they are so important to our mental and emotional health to remember. I call these memories peaks. These are the times in which we feel loved and supported. They give us confidence and encouragement and a sense of achievement or accomplishment. In short, they satisfy our need for both significance and security. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just stay at these peaks all our life? Looking down from a mountain top is a great view. But life is more than peaks. It is valleys as well. There have been days in our lives that were difficult. Days or weeks in which there was no hope. Illness strife, disaster, death, or conflict happen just as much as peaks. It seems to many that life is …

Humbolt's main street Credit: Monique Vezina/Wikipedia

Where was God? The Humboldt Bronco tragedy

They did not know they were going to be the latest news and that it would send waves of shock and sorrow across the nation. The Humboldt Broncos, a hockey team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League consisting of 16 to 20-year-old players, were headed to a play off game in the northern town of  Nipawin, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Their team bus t-boned a semi-trailer crossing highway 35 killing 16 of the 29 people on board — 10 players and 5 team personnel including the head coach and the bus driver. The Humboldt players had all dyed their hair blonde which made it difficult to identify them. Tragically because the players were so badly hurt, two were misidentified. It would take a couple of days for one family to find out that a son they had thought died was actually alive, and for another family to sadly learn their son was dead. How heart breaking this must have been. What were the players thinking as they traveled on the bus?  The bus was quiet recalls …