How to Pray for a Loved One Who is Dying

In my mother's final days, I sat at her bedside and read aloud through the Psalms of Ascent. Originally written for ancient pilgrims travelling to the temple, Psalms 120-134 may also be read as psalms addressing our journey through life. They speak of family and community, work and rest, suffering and rejoicing, sin and God's … Continue reading How to Pray for a Loved One Who is Dying

A Poem for Holy Week

"Good Friday" by Christina Rossetti speaks to me this Holy Week. Written in 1862 and now in the public domain, this poem is a devotional, self-reflective piece. "Am I a stone?" she asks--and I think of the heart of stone turned hard by compassion fatigue and so unmoved by suffering. "Am I a sheep," I … Continue reading A Poem for Holy Week

Living Revision and Listening for the Heartbeat

If you write for your eyes only in a personal journal, if you've written books for publication or aspire to, if you blog or write poetry or short stories or sermons, if you write letters, or have put together your family history for your kids and grand-kids, if you write at all, you'll appreciate Living … Continue reading Living Revision and Listening for the Heartbeat

When My Heart is Heavy, and the Days are Hard

Psalm 23 in the Letter H The Lord is my Hope; I heed his hailing. He grants me safe harbour; he hushes my hurry; he heals my hidden hurts. He heads me in his direction, over hills and hurdles and highways. When my heart is heavy and the days are hard, I hold on, hang on, to … Continue reading When My Heart is Heavy, and the Days are Hard

Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers

Please welcome my guest, Sarah Quezada, author of Love Undocumented, which brings together her personal story and experience of the U.S. immigration system with Scripture and her Christian faith. In this excerpt, she talks about bighearted hospitality which speaks to her U.S. context, to my Canadian context with its different immigration issues, and to anyone … Continue reading Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers