The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

This week I received a free calendar in the mail along with this note: I've never once felt the need to urge you to throw away something I sent you. But this year, PLEASE, throw away your 2020 calendar. Let's do our part to put this year behind us. In many ways it's been a … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

Reducing Holiday Loneliness During a Pandemic

"Maybe having your husband home from the hospital will be a Christmas gift for you." "Then it better be an early Christmas present!" I thought to myself. In that respect, Christmas did come early for us this year, for after six weeks in the hospital, my husband has now been home for over two weeks. That's truly … Continue reading Reducing Holiday Loneliness During a Pandemic

We Wait for God

When my husband was in the hospital, he would sometimes refer to it as a "hotel." After all, he had breakfast in bed every morning and a call bell to ring for whatever he might need day or night. At other times he would refer to it as a "prison." He couldn't leave when he … Continue reading We Wait for God

We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers

In the midst of great distress, some say that they no longer want "thoughts and prayers." In the face of tragedy, these words may come across as an automatic reflex offering little comfort or real empathy. They may seem a weak substitute for the concrete action needed to address pressing problems. As one mother whose … Continue reading We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers

Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Twelve days ago my husband had a medical emergency, and while he does feel better now, he is still in the hospital hooked up to various medical things, waiting for more tests and next steps. Any medical emergency is hard, and even harder in a pandemic. In our case, COVID-19 protocols kept us from seeing … Continue reading Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Escaping the Self-Centeredness of Mental Illness

I know better than to blame anyone for being ill. Whether the illness is physical or mental, no one who is ailing needs the added burden of being shamed for it. When my dad's back pain forced him to lie down after supper, that wasn't malingering or laziness. When a friend's depression descends like a … Continue reading Escaping the Self-Centeredness of Mental Illness

Sitting with God

Sitting with God: Show Up, Let Go, Open Your Heart

When I'm tired of words, I find refuge in silence. In fact, as much as I love words, praying in silence has become one of my favourite ways of praying. Sometimes it's a sacred pause to pray before a meal. Sometimes silently praying along in our corporate prayers as a church. Sometimes simply sitting quietly … Continue reading Sitting with God: Show Up, Let Go, Open Your Heart

You are Here, Moving in Our Midst

Friends, I'm tired today. Are you? Tired of the novel coronavirus that's still causing illness, suffering, and death. Tired of the racism and injustice that continue in spite of massive protests. Tired of those who say black lives matter while acting just the opposite. Tired of words, words, and more words. Today I'm even tired … Continue reading You are Here, Moving in Our Midst