This week, while I was sitting on the back porch of the parsonage, a beautiful red cardinal flew in and perched on the wrought iron fence. It was so unexpected that even Gus, our bird dog, cocked his head and just watched the cardinal from his spot on the grass. The cardinal has returned each … Continue reading Find Your Cardinal
What would you want yourself to have known seven days ago? What would you ask yourself seven days from now? How would you answer on that seventh day? These questions form part of an interesting questionnaire by a Nova Scotia researcher studying how people are responding to the pandemic and the stress and loneliness of … Continue reading Have we lived with love? Have we chosen with love? Have we acted with love?
This pandemic has been unsettling for all of us, and tragic for many Canadians. But we have also seen heart-warming examples of compassion and generosity, including right here our own neighborhood. On March 11, St. John Lutheran Church made the difficult decision to cancel church services to protect its members and the community, but also … Continue reading Feed the Need. Find Purpose. Be the Change.
“If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” Jesus makes a big promise to the disciples – and therefore to us – in this morning’s gospel. Ask me for anything, I will do it. Anything, we might ask? Anything at all? I am sure we can all come up with … Continue reading Anything At All?
Someone pointed out to me that we have now all been in this lockdown for longer than a season of Survivor. For some of us, I imagine it is beginning to feel exactly like a season of Survivor. This week, especially, I heard from people about their anxiety, and stress, and just how much the … Continue reading The Inner Thief In Us Wants Out