In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Years ago when my father died suddenly of a heart attack, his loss was unexpected and enormous, and I felt as if my entire world had shifted on its axis. I remember wondering, how can everyone and everything else go on as normal? How could the sky still be clear and cloudless? How could students … Continue reading In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Safely Home With God

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, my husband had been in the hospital for three weeks dealing with complications from his cancer, but he was feeling better and asked for some wonton soup. "Great idea," said his doctor. "Wonderful," said his dietician. So I brought my husband the wonton soup he asked for, and spooned some … Continue reading Safely Home With God

Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Ten days ago, I had to call an ambulance for my husband. All week he had been struggling with what we thought was a bad reaction to his chemo. All week the nurse help line at the Cancer Care Centre advised us to keep following the protocol we had been given and continue to monitor … Continue reading Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Too Much to Do? Choose the Better Part

This week my too-much-to-do list includes connecting with my publisher about my next book, confirming the text and title for my next sermon, starting my class prep for Sabbath: A Life-Long, Life-Giving Rhythm, tending to my social media and the Facebook pages for my church and writers' guild, picking up my husband's medications from the … Continue reading Too Much to Do? Choose the Better Part

Three Lessons in Healing

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

Hope Is Drawing Near

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

Our Father Who Created and Cares for Us

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

Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed

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