Boston, MA & Halifax, NS – A Special Friendship

On December 6, 1917 at 9am the Halifax Explosion destroyed much of our city.  It happened when the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship full with war time explosives collided with the Norweigan vessel SS Imo.  Approximately 2000 people were killed and an estimated 9000 more injured.  The blast has been labeled the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons.  By 10pm that evening, our angels in Boston had sent a relief train on its way to us.  It arrived the next morning and they began distributing food, water, and urgently needed medical supplies and staff.

View some black and white film by professional cameraman W. G. MacLaughlan as he records the devastation of our city.


In 1918, the city of Halifax sent a Christmas tree to Boston in gratefulness for their out stretched arms in our time of need.  This gift was made an annual remembrance in 1971.





Sadly, it is now our turn to wrap loving arms around this city.  Please join us in praying for the City of Boston.


Dear Father,
One day you will make sense out of everything that we fail to understand.
Until then, help us to trust You, especially on days when that is difficult to do.
This is Your world. So we ask You to be with Your city of Boston. Give protection, give guidance, give healing, give help. May the people of Boston seek out ways to care for one another. Help them to boldly step out in Your name.
And, for whatever you allow to happen in any of our lives, or in our city, or in our country today, tomorrow or in the weeks and months to come, cause us to turn to You for the strength we need to walk in and through the circumstance(s). And cause us to turn to others in order to show Your love.
We were created for relationship. Never allow us to be completely self-sufficient. Any of us.
In Jesus name, amen.




April 16, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Pamela Gordon - Beautiful post! We do have such close ties to the “Boston States” was we used to call them. They are in my thoughts and prayers. Pamela

April 16, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Donna Hopper - Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and prayers with us Tanya. I too was in prayer for them last night and continue today. There were lots of Maritimers down there taking part in the race, I wonder if any stories will emerge about them helping out?

April 16, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Jenn - Beautiful post! I never knew the historical background! My thoughts and prayers are with them!

April 16, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Dani@Lifeovereasy - Thanks for reminding us of the support extended to Canada by our friends in Boston – I had forgotten about the annual Christmas tree. To see people reaching out and helping each other in situations like this is truly heartening.

April 17, 2013 - 9:17 am

Inspire Me Heather - Hugs…

April 18, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Barbara F. - Beautiful post, Tanya. I never knew about this. xo

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