For 2021, my word of the year was "healing." I prayed for healing for my husband, healing for myself, healing for all those suffering from illness, injustice, and other trauma, healing for creation labouring in this time of global warming and climate change. In this last year, I've learned a lot about healing as an … Continue reading Three Lessons in Healing
One year a friend sent me a Christmas card that showed a cartoon cricket playing a violin and humming the notes that danced over its head. Then on the inside, the card said: "Hum bug! Merry Christmas!" I'm feeling a bit "hum bug" myself this year. Yes I know 'tis the season to be jolly, … Continue reading A Refuge Still Remaining
Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of an "atmospheric river," but by now those of us who live in British Columbia have become all too familiar with the term. When one of those rivers in the sky released its torrent, we experienced such massive flooding and mudslides that my city and our … Continue reading Hope Is Drawing Near
For six weeks, I've had the immense privilege of leading a course on Prayer During Challenging Times for the Xplore program of Canadian Mennonite University. It's been wonderful to share together with such a wise and gracious group of adult learners, and I learned a lot too. Each session included teaching on prayer, reflection on … Continue reading Our Father Who Created and Cares for Us
I love the wide embrace of my writing and speaking ministry. One month I'm preaching from the book of James on the power of words, the next month from Psalm 34 on the challenge of seeking peace and pursuing it. One day I'm leading an online session on lament, the next day reviewing a book … Continue reading Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed
When I read the long list of author acknowledgments and the many stories in Living Connected: An Introvert's Guide to Friendship by Afton Rorvik (New Hope Publishers, 2021), my first response was "Wow, this author is definitely living connected! How does she do that as an introvert?" Full disclosure, Afton and I are part of … Continue reading Living Connected in a Disgruntled and Disconnected World
One evening my husband said to me as he often does, “Thank you for a good day.” That morning I had picked up the prescriptions he needed from the pharmacy. I worked on my sermon, then helped him organize some files for his Learning New Testament Greek video project. He felt up to driving to … Continue reading Today Was a Good Day
I love playing with words, whether it's relaxing with a New York Times crossword puzzle, or learning to solve cryptic crosswords, or using different letters to paraphrase Psalm 23. So for my last sermon, I thought of including my own acrostic psalm of thanks in keeping with my sermon text from Psalm 111. "I will … Continue reading Thanks Be to God!