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

Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers

Please welcome my guest, Sarah Quezada, author of Love Undocumented, which brings together her personal story and experience of the U.S. immigration system with Scripture and her Christian faith. In this excerpt, she talks about bighearted hospitality which speaks to her U.S. context, to my Canadian context with its different immigration issues, and to anyone … Continue reading Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers

Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

I love the cover of my newest book and am so excited to share it with you! Finally, after MONTHS of waiting: It's here! It's here! It looks more like a magazine cover than a book, doesn't it? And as a book, it's short--under 49 pages, so it doesn't meet the UNESCO definition of a book. … Continue reading Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus

Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus

How to Start a Small Group

Get motivated and get the word out. Instead of giving up something for Lent this year, I decided to start a small group that would use Christ Is for Us. After working on the book last year, I was eager to share the published version, so I committed to prayer, put out the word, invited anyone interested … Continue reading How to Start a Small Group

Christ Is for Us Featured in Author Week

Seven days, seven authors--I'm excited to be part of Cara Meredith's Author Week! My Interview Cara asked me and each of her selected authors the same six questions: Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? What, in a nutshell, is your book about? What was the inspiration behind it? How do you hope readers … Continue reading Christ Is for Us Featured in Author Week

Sharing Faith Stories (an Upside Down Living Bible Study)

Everyone loves a story! What's more, everyone has a story, and for people of faith, everyone has a faith story. That's the background for my next writing project--and yes, I know Christ is For Us hasn't even been released yet, so I might have waited before starting something new. But when MennoMedia asked me to write Sharing … Continue reading Sharing Faith Stories (an Upside Down Living Bible Study)

How to Pray for Public Tragedy

Last week's local news included the devastating report that two high school students had been stabbed while at school. A thirteen-year-old girl was killed, another fourteen-year-old girl in hospital, and a twenty-one-year old man charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the apparently random stabbing. I hardly knew how to respond to such a … Continue reading How to Pray for Public Tragedy