Over the last few months, my family – like many others in Canada and the US – seriously considered our safety and well-being in a part of the world that is often heralded as the bastion of freedom. The vitriolic lead-up to a Trump presidency hinted at the negative atmosphere that would arrive in 2017. But the true impact of the revealing of society’s basest components would not become apparent until much later.
The distress and anxiety as my aunt expressed her fears as a hijab-wearing woman in this ‘new’ America and the worry as I responded to a family friend’s text after the Quebec Mosque Shootings made me think about faith. Throughout our lives, we are surrounded by simple lessons of faith with tremendous power…a power that is drawn from their universality across the various situations in life.