Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

One of my friends lives in another town about an hour’s drive away, and at least once a year, she makes the trek out on a Sunday morning to hear me preach. After worship, we usually have a long, leisurely lunch followed by a not-so-leisurely walk in a nearby park so we can burn off … Continue reading Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

You’re Invited: Ready, Set, Launch!!

Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength officially launches into the world this week, and you're invited to help me celebrate at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, B.C., on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00pm. Come for special music, a sample reading from the book, author Q & A, book signing, and enter … Continue reading You’re Invited: Ready, Set, Launch!!

Resources for Small Groups

As our small groups wind down for summer, some look forward to well-deserved rest, some plan to serve as hosts for our summer coffee times or meet informally for a mid-summer picnic, some are deciding now what they might study together come fall. If you're interested in a topical study, I can happily recommend the … Continue reading Resources for Small Groups

How to Pray for a Loved One Who is Dying

In my mother's final days, I sat at her bedside and read aloud through the Psalms of Ascent. Originally written for ancient pilgrims travelling to the temple, Psalms 120-134 may also be read as psalms addressing our journey through life. They speak of family and community, work and rest, suffering and rejoicing, sin and God's … Continue reading How to Pray for a Loved One Who is Dying