Amidst all the stories of the horror, tragedy, suffering, amazing spirits, healing, fund raising etc. for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team after last week's bus crash that so far has claimed 16 lives, this morning I saw a photo that touched my heart particularly deeply.
The photo is of a group of school students from an Alberta Hutterite colony. They want to show their support, even though the world of the hockey team players is not one that intersects with their somewhat socially isolated lives.
In the photo they are standing shoulder to shoulder with their backs to the camera. (To the best of my knowledge, Hutterites are not supposed to have their photos taken, part from the mandatory drivers' licence photos, in honour of their interpretation of the biblical commandment to avoid graven images/idolatry) On the backs of the girls' dresses are pinned Bronco team logos and each of the boys is holding a hockey stick, painted in the team colours, behind his back. Despite their separation from the world in terms of their communities/lifestyle, these kids want to let the team know they share in the suffering and grief and want to show caring support to the families involved.
It is a beautiful photo.