Singing Hosannas in times of Suffering

We are entering Holy Week, the most sacred week in the Christian calendar.  A time of remembering.  A time to ponder.  A time to be thankful.  A time to celebrate. The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday, one of my favourite Sundays to celebrate as a child.  We made...

Connected Though Apart

I was thinking back some decades ago when we experienced some hard good-byes with family who were overseas for years at a time.  I remember the long hugs, the tearful so-longs, the promises of letters to be written and sent.  Even in the 80’s and 90’s most...

Paralysed by grief

There is this old poem that brought me a lot of comfort when I was grieving after my 1st husband died in 1995.  It speaks of losing things and falling apart. Here is the poem: I seem to be falling apart. My attention span can be measured in seconds, My patience in...

All Will Be Well

Julian of Norwich lived in the 1300’s and has become known for this phrase, this way of thinking:  All will be well. I read a biography about this unusual woman some months ago and was taken with her story. She knew great suffering. She lived through the Black Plague...

Preparing without Panic (recipes included!)

It’s always good to be prepared. Last week we offered a training session on Advance Care Planning for all our Spiritual Care Volunteers at our hospital.  This is often the paperwork we avoid talking about or doing.  Because it involves the hard conversations...

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