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

Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

One of the few Japanese words I know is tsundoku. While it's new to me, it's actually an old word that dates from at least the Meiji era (1868-1912), and it means letting books pile up to read later. Or as we might think of it today, tsundoku is "the art of buying books and … Continue reading Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus

With just over four weeks until Ash Wednesday, I've been wanting to share with you my reflection and discussion guide to On the Way With Jesus: Sermons for Lent and Easter based on the Gospel Readings.  I've already shared the book's cover along with the table of contents and back cover copy. And today I'm … Continue reading Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus

God Still Speaks: Inspiration from Purpose Magazine

Last January I chose "blossom" as my word of the year---or perhaps the word chose me, for as I pondered and prayed over the coming year, "blossom" kept coming back to me. What will open up for me in 2019? I wondered. Where will God channel my energy and vision? How will this year grow … Continue reading God Still Speaks: Inspiration from Purpose Magazine

On the Way with Jesus Bible Study

Last week on my When You Work for the Church website, I was so excited to share the cover of my next book along with the table of contents and back cover copy. Since On the Way with Jesus is a collection of sermons for Lent and Easter, I thought it might be of special … Continue reading On the Way with Jesus Bible Study