Yesterday we had our first outdoor physically distanced visit with my Dad. One thing he wanted to talk about was what Scripture verses we thought might be good ones for our current situation. I couldn’t think of any on the spot but promised Dad I would come up with some ideas and phone him with my suggestions today. So last night I chose a few Bible verses. Do any of you have other verses in mind I could share with Dad?
Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25
God’s spirit does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Do not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34
We drove home by The Forks on our bike ride yesterday. Their patio and outdoor bar are open and they’ve provided a variety of comfortable, but physically distanced seating options by the river. It was nice to see people out enjoying the beautiful day at such a beautiful spot. On our previous cycles through The Forks, the place has been pretty empty. Now there were people walking, visiting, reading, making music and there were even some kids at the skateboard park. Machines were out clearing the mud from the riverwalks. Hopefully, they will soon open up too.
If you have ever visited the Millenium Library in Winnipeg you will have seen this huge wall of tiny paintings that greets you in the foyer. The miniature pieces of artwork were made by Winnipeg artist Cliff Eyland. He was fascinated with libraries and made art pieces the size of index cards that looked very much like the sign-out cards that were in pockets in library books before check out systems became electronic.
His large installation at the Millenium Library had about 1000 pieces but Cliff Eyland kept adding to them. Whenever I went to the library I tried to see if more had been put up. I won’t be doing that again because sadly Cliff Eyland died on Saturday.
He had created a similar display at the Halifax Library. It had almost 6000 pieces.
From time to time I like to read about countries I have visited to see how they are doing during the pandemic.
Vietnam has reported no deaths from COVID-19 and just 300 cases of the virus. A BBC report says this is a result of drastic actions the government took beginning already in January. They closed their border with China and shut down schools and sent anyone returning to the country into mandatory quarantine for two weeks. Outbreak areas were sealed off till things were contained. The government also did a really good job of communicating with the public and educating them about safe health practices. Vietnam is a gorgeous country with a sad history. I am glad to hear this good news about their COVID-19 experience.