Prayers for Humboldt

I originally saw the tragic news in a brief tweet on my Twitter feed. A bus carrying a Junior A hockey team from Saskatchewan, Canada had crashed into a tractor trailer. Fifteen players and team staff from the Humboldt Broncos Junior A hockey team lost their lives.  As I tried to find more details on the crash I found the Humboldt Broncos official website. The administrator of the website was extremely sensitive to the tragedy and quickly removed everything off the website. There was one poster that was added, the Humboldt Broncos emblem, and a young man in prayer.

The only item I found on the Humboldt Broncos official website. Image Source

It is not only the town of Humboldt, or the hockey world, or the province of Saskatchewan that is grieving. All of Canada shares a bit of the pain for these dear families. The news has spread around the world. My wife 1st heard of the tragedy by seeing it on the New Zealand Herald.  I used to play hockey, and I loved the sport. Like a lot of young boys, it was my dream to make to the pros. But I was never that good.

The team photo celebrating the previous playoff series victory a couple of weeks ago Image Source

These young men were indeed chasing their dreams of hockey. I don’t know any of the players, and have never been to Humboldt, but I feel so dreadful for the loss the families and community must feel. As a father with young men as children, I know this tragedy could happen to any of us. Our kids go on school trips. Parents in the country will see their children get on the school bus each morning, expecting they would get off the bus in the afternoon. However this bus did not make it to it’s destination. We can’t imagine the ache and pain, and we don’t know how we can help. But we can pray. And that what the families and the community of Humboldt needs right now.

Order of Service for Prayer Vigil for Humboldt Broncos. Image Source

If the accident had not happened, this evening there was to have been a playoff game in Humboldt, and the arena would have been rocking. The arena would still have been filled to capacity, this evening instead it was for a prayer vigil which was being organized by the Saskatchewan government. The ceremony, was expected to about 45 minutes includes hymns, reading of scripture and special music.

As I look over the Order of Service for the prayer vigil, I think of the times when this scripture and these hymns have been a source of strength when I have felt very low in different times of my life. And my prayer that they would be that same source of strength in what will be a long, difficult healing process. So please continue to pray. This is what the families and the town of Humboldt needs most right now.

6 thoughts on “Prayers for Humboldt

  1. Carl a lovely tribute to the tragic loss. My Mom lives in Humboldt so this tragedy has been a big part of our lives over the past year. Today Humboldt still has Bronco signs and tributes. The second floor of the art gallery is filled with messages and tributes that came from around the world. The photo on the poster, or at least the original photo, came from the silhouette of an individual at the crash site. Even that much more powerful.

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    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing Sue. Such a personal thing to have the tragedy right in the town where your mom is living. That is extremely powerful about the silhouette. I did not know that! It would be very emotional to visit the art gallery and read the messages and tributes.

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