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

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

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

I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

Ever since Mel Sawatzky read his "Psalm 23 in El" at a writers' gathering, I've meditated on the psalm with different letters of the alphabet and invited readers to play along. I'm happy to report that we've now completed 13 of the 26 letters of the alphabet! Below is my most recent version using the … Continue reading I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

One of my friends lives in another town about an hour’s drive away, and at least once a year, she makes the trek out on a Sunday morning to hear me preach. After worship, we usually have a long, leisurely lunch followed by a not-so-leisurely walk in a nearby park so we can burn off … Continue reading Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake