We held our 5th Annual Sanctuary Snowshoe Day yesterday, had a great turnout of about 22 folks of all ages. These events are amazing opportunities to form community for a weekend, a day or even a few hours like yesterday. Our good friends, Chris and Sharon, are hosting a young Indonesian exchange student this school year. Angie has been a guest in our home a number of times, and she always brings a special energy with her. She had never seen snow before this year, and she is certainly getting an eyeful! She is game to try many new things, and yesterday was snowshoeing with us Sanctuarians. A few of us sat around the dinner table while Mary served up fresh homemade pizza last night. As is our custom, we tend to invite someone who doesn’t live under our roof to say a blessing. I got a pretty clear hit to invite Angie to give that blessing last night. At first, she was very hesitant, shaking her head. Then, Chris invited her to share something from the Koran with us, and she said “is that okay?”. We enthusiastically encouraged her and the look of joy on her face was astounding! I don’t know what she said, as she spoke it and prayed in her native tongue. I know in my heart that it was a blessing indeed, fore all I needed to do was to see the bliss on her face. It was brief, a short acknowledgement of Spirit, and a great piece to add to the richness of the day. Nyaweh, Grandfather, for the gift of diversity.