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

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

Our Noisy Neighbourhood Tribute: Celebration and Lament

Last night just before 7 o'clock, I grabbed my wooden spoon and pot lid from the table just inside our front door where I had left them the night before. Then I headed up the hill toward our mailroom where a few of our neighbours would soon gather outside for the evening tribute to healthcare … Continue reading Our Noisy Neighbourhood Tribute: Celebration and Lament

Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Announcement: MennoMedia has been doing a series of author interviews, and it was my turn to be interviewed this week on "Self-care in a time of COVID-19." The video is available on the MennoMedia Facebook page. And now for today's article. . . . When I reach for a snack, I'm much more likely to … Continue reading Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips