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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The Vulnerability of Mother’s Day

The Vulnerability of Mother’s Day We were all born to a mother, in vulnerability. I remember well watching a film of childbirth in a childbirth class, when I was seven months pregnant with my first child.  I was shaken and I remember telling my doctor, with a mixture...

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Wave upon Wave

Waves can be mesmerizing.  It is such a treat to visit the ocean and watch them come in... wave upon wave, some with more force than others.  But they keep coming. Storms come.  I remember well a ferry ride we took from Vancouver Island to the mainland in late October...

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Time to Blossom

We took a walk yesterday, one we take every day at this time of year, to walk under the blossoms on a street near us.  The beauty is fleeting and we love to capture the moments. This street brings some tender memories for my mom loved these blossoms too.  In the...

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Curve Balls and Consolations

Curve Balls and Consolations I’ve had a few curve balls lately... unexpected happenings that have been unsettling. When you think about it... hasn’t this past year been that way? Who would have even imagined that we would still be facing restrictions, wearing masks,...

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Learning from Vincent Van Gogh

Learning from Vincent Van Gogh I was intimidated by the challenge. The on-line group I belong to encouraged us to paint pictures following the masters. I’ve always had difficulty calling myself an artist, I’d rather say I love to be creative, and drawing and...

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A Sacred Pause

A Sacred Pause I’m writing this on the eve of the eve of Good Friday. Have you ever pondered why this particular Friday is called good?  Dr Google explained it this way: it comes from the obsolete sense “pious or holy” of the word “good”.  For example, we call the...

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When You are Sad or Discouraged

Some blogs are harder to write. It is much easier to put on a brave face and act like you have it all together. I was thinking of that last week when I posted some lovely pictures of my birthday, and truly there were some beautiful moments which I was grateful for....

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Just Believe

Just Believe I’ve been collecting words and phrases for lent. Instead of giving something up, which I resisted, I decided this would be a good endeavor. Quite frankly, I’ve always thought that giving up chocolate or sugar or sweets in my birthday month was too much to...

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Waiting Patiently

This might be the blog no one wants to read.  Patience is not my favourite word, but something I've had to practice over and over again. I find it a bit of a joke when we talk about Patients and Patience.  The two go hand in hand, for often being a patient requires a...

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A One Word Prayer – HELP!

I woke up Monday morning, weary. You know, those days where sleep has not been great, and my chronic pain had flared.  There was much on my mind; those we love who were suffering, I was to present a talk via video, and I felt the weight of not being enough. Do you...

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The Gift of Redemption

I’ve been picking a word or phrase for each day of Lent, and am gathering a lovely collection.   This week I was thinking of some RE words, Renew, rebuild, restoration and today my word is redemption.It is an old word, a biblical one, and a great word for Lent,...

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