Peace Within

Peace Within There is a prayer I pray every morning, and often pray with others. It’s actually a Bible verse, a beautiful blessing. “May the peace of God which passes all understanding, guard your hearts…” When I really think about it, peace is beyond my...

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Hanging on to Hope

As I write this, storms are again assailing our province in BC, and in the Atlantic provinces as well.  People in ravaged areas are bracing themselves once again for the fury of the storm. There's been so much tragedy lately, and I wrote about it last week.  We watch...

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A Day a Time in an Uncertain World

A day at a time in an Uncertain World How are you doing? Really? Does it seem like what next? What else can happen? There is anxiety. There is anger. There is exhaustion. There is deep weariness. The covid plague hangs on; for many it feels like we have been living...

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A Pacifist Remembers

A Pacifist Remembers Today, November 11 is a day we remember. We say thank you. We are grateful for the freedoms we know in our country. I grew up Mennonite.  Pacifist. But we always acknowledged this day with much gratefulness.  As a young girl, I remember gathering...

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A Haiku Reflection

Have  you ever read Haiku, perhaps written some in a school project?  I was thinking about this ancient form of poetry and thought I’d try to write some verses.  There is a discipline to it, 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and five in the third. I’ve...

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Be Not Afraid

Yes.  It’s that time of year. When being frightened comes with the season, plastic ghosts and goblins arise from neighbours lawns, and sounds of terror fill the night sky. I will freely admit, it is NOT my favourite season.  And we have had so much reality to truly...

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Some Days I Just Want to Weep

Today was a day for lament.  I’m grateful that we can be honest with our sadness, there is a time for tears as well as joy.  Perhaps your heart is heavy too and you will relate.  Many are weary these days.  But always, there is hope.  I do hope you will be encouraged...

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S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g my Vocabulary

S-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing my Vocabulary, exploring the meaning of Eucharist. This post was originally posted on October 10, 2017, worth revisiting.  I hope it will be meaningful for you as well. I tend to be a plain-speaking kind of girl.  Authentic, I hope. When it comes to...

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The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch It’s been a busy week, this first week of October. But the best way to begin was with a visit to the Pumpkin patch at least, in my opinion. Amidst raking leaves, planting garlic, Cleaning the garden The pumpkin patch calls With a cheerfulness that...

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A Story of Leaves

A story of Leaves Leaves most brilliant grace my garden, gifts of colour that gladden the soul in a decaying world. Life is fragile uncertain Seasons of birth growth decay. Like the leaf unfurling in spring bursting with life offering shade and beauty. But seasons...

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A Yellow Rose Kind of Day

Yellow roses have had a significance in my life, in my family. They were the flower of my first marriage, from my wedding bouquet to the many anniversaries that followed.  When Andy died on September 23 our lives were changed forever.  26 years later, I remember. We...

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Bless these Hands

There are some places where chaplains offer a blessing for hands, and I thought it was a beautiful idea. I've been thinking of all who offer care these days, in care homes, in the hospital, and many other places.  Our hands are gifts we use for good.  And so I wanted...

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A Time to Grieve

A Time to Grieve The burst of sadness came the other day, and I felt the weight of it. I recognized the pain, for I, like many others are not unfamiliar with grief. We know a collective grief these days, living on our earth which has been ravaged by fire, and this has...

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When Anger Gets Out of Control

When Anger gets out of control. Have you noticed?  How many people seem angry these days? I guess politely put, you could use the word “frustrated”, but I think it is more than that.  I see the protests on the media, and on our streets, the unkind remarks and...

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Choices

Choices Choices, we like them, the right to choose. Sourdough or rye, or white, if you please? 52 choices of shampoo, One can spend a long time in that grocery or pharmacy aisle. Take ice-cream, there’s a choice for you. Chocolate, or vanilla or every other kind you...

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Could it be the End of the World?

“Do you think this is the last day?” A frail patient asked me on a recent hospital visit.  I hope not, I said.  But you never know.  I reassured her she was loved and not alone. We’ve been hearing a lot of doom and gloom as of late.  A code red for our planet is pause...

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A message for ALL

In our devotional this past week, this verse from 1 Peter made an impression. ”Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” I have to admit, I reacted with skepticism.  Really?  How is this possible?...

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One day at a time.

The old song, One day at a time, by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson has been going through my mind.  This has been a summer like no other I remember with fires all around us and smoky skies which keep us indoors.  The air feels heavy. And my heart is heavy too,...

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Grey

The skies are grey, Lord choking, oppressive depressive grey. You hear my complaints as I also pray for the firefighters for the evacuated for those waiting, not knowing for those who have to work outside for those with compromised health conditions. Lord have mercy!...

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For such a Time as This

I was privileged to share this past Sunday and speak about the book of Esther.  I thought it might be good to share the message here for those who would like to read it.  I learned a lot in studying this little book, and was once again inspired to live well, in such a...

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Smoke Screen

The sun is a hazy ball these days and we long for rain, for fresher air. It made me think of a poem I wrote, three years ago in August, and I thought I’d share it again. An Ode to Our Beautiful Province Beautiful British Columbia on fire, our home there is a heaviness...

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Looking Up

I shared with my friend that I might take a break from blogging for a while . . . sometimes ideas run thin and life gets in the way.   She laughed and told me I’d think of something. The fact is life has felt heavy lately, the air oppressive with heat and sometimes...

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My Vaccine Story

This is a week where I give thanks. Thanks for the country I was born into, thanks for freedom, for wide open spaces, for beauty. (And this year I’m especially mindful for those who have not experienced freedom). This year I’ve been especially grateful for all those...

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In the Shadow of Bear Mountain and other Tales

We took an impromptu quick trip to the Fraser Valley this past weekend, spending the night in my childhood village.  Harrison Hot Springs is idyllic and has grown much since I grew up there. We were walking along the lakeside, and my hubby asked, “What’s the name of...

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You can’t stamp out the past

We live with our histories. Even though we may have been incompletely aware of the world around us, how our textbooks told one story, but other stories were silenced. Our conversation began the other day with a trip down memory lane.  For when I was sixteen I was...

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A beautiful walk

I’ve been inspired recently by a couple of older friends who regularly post and share pictures of their beautiful walks and hikes.  One lady hikes mostly by herself, and I’m absolutely amazed at the walks she tackles on her own.  She shares all kinds of information on...

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Finding Contentment in a not-so-perfect World

I’ve not considered myself a perfectionist, but recently I’ve done some reading that has shaken that theory.  I was recently introduced to a new author, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen who wrote “Kitchen Table Wisdom”, where she shares her wisdom and learning from decades of...

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We are all Called.

This, being the last Thursday in May, I will share another blog post as I look back.  This has been a year of special remembrances, significant milestones.  In March I remembered and gave thanks for 10 years of grace and healing following my heart attack in 2011.  It...

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Creativity and Art

I wrote the following blog in June of 2019, and it is still true!  I’ve taken a few days away and spent a lot of my time in drawing and painting, therapy for me in so many ways.  I’ll attach some of my pieces from this week at the end of this blog.  I hope you will be...

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Taking a Break

No, nothing is broken... but for the rest of May, I’m going to share some old posts which I’ve enjoyed revisiting.  I hope you will enjoy them too. Here is one from January of 2016, a prayer for wisdom.  A good prayer to pray, for every day. Dear Lord, Please grant me...

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