My mother always said she didn't want to live with any of her children. After my father died, my mom decided the family home was too big for her and moved into a condo. Then some years later she decided to move into an independent housing complex for seniors, and there she would tell people, … Continue reading Love’s Way: Aging, Respect, and Solutions for the Whole Family
This week I received an email about getting ready for Lent, which marks the six weeks before Easter. It's an early reminder since Easter Sunday isn't until April 21 and Lent doesn't begin until March 6 this year. But while Lent and Easter 2019 are still ahead of us, I'm already preparing for Lent and … Continue reading On the Road with Jesus
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
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
At this time last year, I knew that my one word for 2018 would be a phrase prompted by this wonderful painting by Linda Klippenstein: Walking Strong in the Spirit. Walking Strong in the Spirit has been a great focal point for me in the past year: as I've continued to write and celebrated the … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki
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
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
As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?