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Peace in Action

We've been experiencing frigid temperatures, as has much of western Canada this week.  Cold is the topic of conversations everywhere, and winter blues abound. Unless of course, you are one who loves winter, and doesn't mind the cold, and there are some who embrace...

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Living the Word for 2020

The new year dawned.  We are almost a week into the new decade. If I were to be honest (and I will be), it has been a hard week.  I've had to toss my idealism aside, face my own shortcomings, live with depression that comes from SAD and a combination of heart-ache. ...

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Be Thou My Vision

We sang this song on Sunday.  The words have always moved me; poetic, prophetic. As we embark on a new year, a new decade, it seems appropriate to end the year with these words:  Be Thou my Vision.  For I believe that God alone knows our tomorrows, and I am grateful...

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The Sigh After Christmas

You’ve seen those announcements bent on annoying or amusing you... 300 days until Christmas, or only 51 more weeks... There is no other celebration I know with so much buildup, anticipation, and expectation. It IS a joyous time where we focus on family and love for...

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Receiving Love

It is a question I often ask of those I meet who are sad, or have mental health problems or disease.  "Do you love yourself?" It is a question I need to ask myself now and then. Because self-loathing is more common than we would like to think in this age of...

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The gift of Joy

I am grateful for Joy. It arrives unexpectedly in the loveliest of moments casting light into the dark shadows.  In this season of darkness we look for joy, we look for light.  Christmas can bring that gift with feelings of goodwill abounding, and even the news we...

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Be at Peace

It was the middle of the night, not that long ago, and I couldn't sleep. My mind, far too active, was thinking about those I care about.  I don't like the word worry . . . I'll call it concern!  I went over in my mind my to-do lists; long this time of year, and as I...

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What do you Hope for this Christmas?

Starting this weekend, my blogs will be posted on Saturday or Sunday to follow the Advent calendar.  And if you are reading this on November 30 or December 1st, we are entering the first week. Advent means coming.  This morning I read that it is a preparation time. ...

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Not so Silent – Silent Night

This weekend, we will enter the Advent Season.  In the Christian Calendar, we have just completed the year, and we are entering into a new year as we wait - we wait for the coming of the Messiah. Also this weekend the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, and it has also...

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Falling

I find autumn so beautiful, and somewhat sad.  It brings out the melancholy in me.  Winter is coming. We read from Henri Nouwen this morning, An optimist says, “The war will be over; your wounds will be healed; the depression will go away; all will be better soon. The...

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Encouragement for the Grieving Heart

I am blessed with some amazing friends.  As I completed the little book called Encouragement for the Grieving Heart, I asked some of them to help me to edit it. They caught things I had missed. I was grateful to the staff at Wayside Press who listened to my endless...

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Balancing Joy and Lament

I've been revisiting old blogs, and found this today.  Appropriate because I am speaking on Lament and Grief this coming Sunday, November 10.  (First Baptist Vernon, if you are interested!  The message will be recorded, for those who want to listen). I wrote the...

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Hallowed or Haunted?

Halloween is this week, and it was on my mind exactly eight years ago when I wrote the following post, republished here.  I've never enjoyed this holiday, particularly because of the fear factor.  While others might disagree with me, I do not enjoy being scared, and...

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Putting on the Brave

Some years ago I was with some of my dearest people and we were giving words of affirmation to each other.  Isn't that lovely? One of the words spoken of me was "Brave".  It startled me, because I didn't think I was brave at all. I've learned, since then, that courage...

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Safe

When we moved my blog over to my website, we left about 200 blogs behind.  So it is good to return to the old site and revisit what I have written.  This blog about feeling safe was written in November of 2011.  It still resonates with me. We live in an anxiety...

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A Sacrifice of Praise

The following story was written in 2003. But it takes place in 1995, in a particularly painful time in my life. In our humanness, there is the thought that if I have endured much pain, and survived, life should be easier.  I'll have learned to cope better.  I won't be...

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Lord, You KNOW

For those who subscribe to this list, you will have received an e-mail (or two) that was automatically generated when we changed from the blogspot site to my website, gracewulff.com  Thank you for your patience!  If you don't want to receive these e-mails, you can...

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Privileged

I grew up with the identity of a Preacher's Kid.  PK's, they are fondly called, or perhaps not so much. My dad explained to me as an eight year old that I might not always find this easy.  We had just moved to the town of Harrison Hot Springs, and he was pastoring the...

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Over the Top

Some people love playing with numbers.I, like others, like to play with words.My mind went into overdrive thinking about the word over, often overused, in my estimation. It is a prefix to many words; meaning a multitude of different things.  It is no wonder...

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Eternally Beautiful

I’m not sure if it was the intense thunder storm or the persistent rain of yesterday that brought my dahlia plant down, but there it was, lying on the ground yesterday.I was somewhat dismayed because I have enjoyed these flowers this summer. I have not had success in...

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To Bee or to Be

One of my favourite pictures I took this past week was of this giant sunflower in my yard and two bees. The bee buzzing around the flower was busy, and it was fun to capture it's landing.  The other bee is hard to see.  He - or she? - is embedded into...

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A Song of Lament

It was six months ago that my friend and colleague texted me, we were to have a Chaplaincy meeting in a few minutes. The text wasn’t about the meeting. He told me he was in the ER. His daughter had just died. And so began a deep song of lament, which we have...

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Putting out the Laundry

I have memories of putting out the laundry.  My clothes line was full of diapers, thirty some years ago, week after week.  I actually enjoyed this task; and I miss being able to use a clothesline.In fact our subdivision, as I believe many, frown on filling...

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RE

Regarding RERememberRegrets, sometimesRestoreRebootRethinkReligion.ReadReactRe-adjustReasonRearrangeReassessRealizeRe-affirmRegenerateReawakenRebirthReboundReconcileReach outRebuildRenew.Refresh.Rest.

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A cathedral of trees

We found ourselves in a cathedral of treesa call to worshipto slow downLooking upall aroundthere is lifeand deathnew growth and the old weatheredtreesCould they tell a storyof years gone bybut they stand silenttowering giantsharbouring birds and...

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Sunshine for Sophie

Sometimes it is nice to have lighter reading for summertime!I've had some "heavy" things on my mind, but was drawn to share about the story of the sunflower I wrote for a children's activity book created by my dear friend Summer.  Her name fits!!This story was...

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Be Not Afraid

In my reading this past week I came across a health article that warned me strongly that my underwire bras were a hazard to my health.  (Very heavy sigh).  Apparently the wires can cut off circulation to the lymph glands and the danger signal has been...

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Reflections

Reflections My mindcan be a deep pool of thoughtslike water swirling ever moving dreams mixedwith reality. I want to avoid becoming astinky cesspool of negativity and ceaselessrepetitive anxiety. Rather,still my waters, I...

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Living in the Tension, wrapped with cords of Love

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5There are days where this verse reflects my heart.I find myself wondering why I focus on the things that divide us, rather than...

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The Good Old Summertime

There are so many good things about summer and a question I often hear is this... what are your plans for the summertime?We joke, my hubby and I, that we don't make plans because there is so much planned already, we just join in to what is happening!We also agree we...

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