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November 22, 2021
And so it begins. Advent. Our “countdown to Christmas” (as opposed to a “countdown to Christmas festivities”). To the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent (as opposed to the anticipation of gift opening that begins with a calendar filled with cheap chocolate). Advent symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and congregation as we affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and th...


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November 15, 2021
We knew it was coming. That it would be here eventually. And as promised, here it is . . . a bit of snow. Not Saskatchewan snow. Not Manitoba snow. Not even Georgian Bay snow. But snow none-the-less. It’s here. It may melt over the next few days. But we know that it will be back!   Also coming sooner than we may want is Christmas with all of its trappings: Black Friday and the push to buy buy buy . . . to make Christmas special. As if celebrating the birth of the Christ Child isn’t special as it is. Perhaps w...


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November 08, 2021
Last year’s Remembrance Day observation was a more private affair, as larger public gatherings were prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year “the public” is allowed to attend the ceremony at the National War Memorial although all will need to remain distanced and wear a mask for health and safety purposes. The event will broadcast nationally on television. Whether or not you are able to attend in person, take time, and pause at 11:00 to (as Veterans Affairs Canada puts it) remember “the men and wom...


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November 01, 2021
Hallowe’en is over. I wonder . . . does that mean that we’ll start seeing Valentine’s Day adverting? And yes, I realize that I sound quite snarky when I say that . . . but if Christmas promotions begin in August it makes sense (to me, anyway) that holiday creep will . . . creep.  I’m not ready to start preparing for Valentines . . . I’m not even ready to start preparing for Christmas . . . although we’d d better get ready for the ad onslaught! Last Friday Garth Steele shared thoughts on the ...


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October 25, 2021
I know. It isn’t that people are opinionated as much as it is that people have opinions. Yes. I said that. Like that. We base our opinions on what we see and on what we hear and on what we read . . . on what people that we hold in esteem (or at least have influence in our society, whether or not earned or deserved) think and say and do. For example, I read that actor Laurence Fishburn’s daughter became involved in the sex trade because of the influence of the Kardashians (and how sad is it, that my spell checker didn&rs...


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October 18, 2021
Autumn may be my favourite season, but today it just looks like fall to me. Sure there’s a bit of blue in the sky, but it’s cold not crisp, it’s windy not breezy, it’s not “happy-cloudy”, and the leaves aren’t crunchy to walk through. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s a bleah and dreary day. And yet . . . the sun does shine through the clouds occasionally, and the wind is not howling mad, and the temperature is still well above 0. So why complain? I’m going to enjoy the day. I&...


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October 12, 2021
Today I am thankful. I admit that I am not (known as) an expressive person (ask my family: there are times that they say that while I say life is bubbling up inside me it does not show on my face) . . . but I am thankful. I am thankful for the freedom I have in Christ Jesus. I am thankful for the freedom I have as a Canadian. I am thankful for my family, and I am thankful for my church family. I am thankful for small things like shuffling through the crackling leaves on a Monday afternoon and . . . well, I rejoice and am thankful for ...


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October 04, 2021
Last week I pointed out that autumn is my favourite time of the year because of the colours . . . the smells . . . the general feel in the air. I’m not looking forward to the season that follows this one, but I’m not going to worry about or think about that (much) for a while. The end of September/beginning of October would normally mean (and what does . . . what will normal even mean in the days ahead?) – would normally mean that I would be at conference with other denominational district secretaries. Last week I...


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September 27, 2021
This is my favourite time of the year: autumn (I like the word “autumn” more than I do “fall”). I like the colours of the season. I like the smells of the season (especially the aroma of turkey as it cooks, but I’m a little ahead of myself). I like the promise of the upcoming hockey season! Ah, there is much to like . . . much to enjoy . . . even if it does mean that I have end-of-summer clean up to soon worry about. Yesterday we continued our fall series on Keys to Kingdom Living. We look to find our ...


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September 20, 2021
Today is the day! After weeks of hearing party platform ideas (and nasty words from and about the political “leaders” – there isn’t much leadership when they act like that, in my opinion), it is voting day (unless, of course, you voted in advance). Take the opprotunity . . . let your voice be heard . . . and continue to pray for your leaders!   Who knew that something as innocent as having a pedicure could possibly be encouraging modern slavery? Victims of human trafficking have been found working in in...


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