Rilla is a former school science teacher in both Uganda and the UK
She enjoys music as a hobby, particularly choral singing.
Other works by Rilla Paterson include the children's
environmental musical play Child of the Future,
This piece was written as an entry to a Millennium Hymn competition run by St Paul's Cathedral in 1999. But it is also be appropriate for occasions where a new beginning is called for, such as the aftermath of what has now become the great threat posed by the Corona virus to the future of nations throughout the world.