In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Years ago when my father died suddenly of a heart attack, his loss was unexpected and enormous, and I felt as if my entire world had shifted on its axis. I remember wondering, how can everyone and everything else go on as normal? How could the sky still be clear and cloudless? How could students … Continue reading In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Ten days ago, I had to call an ambulance for my husband. All week he had been struggling with what we thought was a bad reaction to his chemo. All week the nurse help line at the Cancer Care Centre advised us to keep following the protocol we had been given and continue to monitor … Continue reading Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed

I love the wide embrace of my writing and speaking ministry. One month I'm preaching from the book of James on the power of words, the next month from Psalm 34 on the challenge of seeking peace and pursuing it. One day I'm leading an online session on lament, the next day reviewing a book … Continue reading Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed

Today Was a Good Day

One evening my husband said to me as he often does, “Thank you for a good day.” That morning I had picked up the prescriptions he needed from the pharmacy. I worked on my sermon, then helped him organize some files for his Learning New Testament Greek video project. He felt up to driving to … Continue reading Today Was a Good Day

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

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

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

Bring Them Closer

Kids, Families, and Mental Health

last updated August 16, 2020 I'm not a parent, but I care about kids, families, and mental health, so I'm excited to introduce you to Bring Them Closer: Calling Parents to Courage through the Mental Health Crisis by Connie Jakab (Word Alive Press, 2020). I know Connie since we're both part of the Redbud Writers … Continue reading Kids, Families, and Mental Health