Run with Determination the Race that is Set Before You

Training clinics for Vancouver's 10-kilometre Sun Run started last week.  With almost 34,000 participants last year, it's Canada's largest 10k road race, and one of the largest timed 10k races in the world. The annual event began in 1985, and is still going strong. One year, a local radio talk show host invited any runners … Continue reading Run with Determination the Race that is Set Before You

Blossom Abundant Energy and Vision

After two daughters, my parents were expecting a baby boy and had already chosen his name: Lance. But surprise, surprise, I was born as their third daughter, so instead of Lance they named me April after the month of my birth. Some say that the name April comes from the Latin aperire, which means to open--most … Continue reading Blossom Abundant Energy and Vision

The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

At this time last year, I knew that my one word for 2018 would be a phrase prompted by this wonderful painting by Linda Klippenstein: Walking Strong in the Spirit. Walking Strong in the Spirit has been a great focal point for me in the past year: as I've continued to write and celebrated the … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

Tread Boldly, Give Generously

I don't think I've ever sung or heard the song "Good King Wenceslas" in an Advent or Christmas worship service. After all, the song doesn't mention Advent or Christmas. It doesn't tell the story of Mary and Joseph, and there are no shepherds, angels, wise men, or star. There is no baby Jesus crying or … Continue reading Tread Boldly, Give Generously

How to Pray for People Experiencing Life-Threatening Illness

In the time of Jesus, many people would go to the pool of Bethesda in search of healing. One day Jesus met a man there who was unable to walk. He may not have had a life-threatening illness, but it was certainly a life-altering condition, for it had rendered him unable to walk for thirty-eight … Continue reading How to Pray for People Experiencing Life-Threatening Illness

Who Would Be My People?

As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?

Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

I have just four more days as lead pastor of my church where I have served for over twenty-five years. I've already preached my last sermon. I've already been blessed by many prayers, cards, hugs, gifts, fun surprises, and beautiful words. These last few days are actually vacation days for me, but they and the … Continue reading Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

What Readers are Saying

Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer my reader survey via surveymonkey. Your responses are a great encouragement to me and help shape the way I seek to engage readers and to contribute positively to our shared life of faith. Given the volume of responses, I'm not able to include all of the comments … Continue reading What Readers are Saying