Flight 753: 176 souls lost … 63 Canadians and many Iranian students returning to Canada to continue their post-graduate studies along with grandparents, parents, children, siblings, plane crew. So much loss.

In the midst of global tragedy where fires in Australia have re-ignited and people are being told once again to evacuate; the United States has added new sanctions against Iran; Puerto Rico has had another earthquake today while still trying to recover from the hurricane forcing people to sleep in the streets … it may look to some as if the end of the world is coming to pass but … it is not.

Modern communication not only means that news of such tragedies can be shared almost immediately they have happened, it means that news networks can have their journalists/reporters comment almost ad nauseum, leaving little room for people to grasp what is happening.

What is happening is not the end of the world – it is life in a world that is in chaos. We must all take a moment (or several) to breathe … and then breathe again.

May the souls of all who have perished in all of these tragedies rest, and may the hearts and minds of those who grieve their loss be comforted by the outpouring of love and concern, prayers and practical assistance.

And may this little daffodil be a reminder that even in the midst of the brutality of a cold winter … even in the midst of death, there is life – and with life, there is hope.

© June Maffin