Ode to a trusty companion

Thursday, April 15, 2021 Written by

I’ve been a bit distracted over the past few weeks with the loss of an old friend. It wasn’t a person or even a pet for that matter, but I’d spent as much time in its company as with probably anyone outside of my immediate family – and possibly even more...

Air Brushing Jesus? Really?

Friday, April 9, 2021 Written by

As you can tell by my sarcasm, I am annoyed.  You see, for as long as I can remember I have felt that I just do not measure up to society’s standards of beauty. And, believe it or not, being raised in a culture where the “fixed” pictures of saints were more common than the actual ones made me feel like I didn’t add up to God’s standard of beauty either.

I love hearing about all the different family traditions that surround all the great feast days! This year especially, I feel we need to share the encouragement and witness of joy in our own lives with each other. As we cannot gather in ways that we once did, it is good for the soul to remember we are not celebrating in isolation, but still as one community in the Lord...

 To poorly paraphrase the Dickens line: It’s been the worst of times; it’s been the best of times.

C’mon, (Saint) Patrick!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Written by

I’m (probably) not Irish, but that doesn’t stop many of us from using his feast as an excuse to celebrate a little.

This year I decided to take the plunge and bike to work all winter and I will definitely (or maybe defiantly) be doing it again!  “Why?” might you say. Well, I shall tell you...

The High Holy Nap

Friday, March 5, 2021 Written by

The other day during a family group text conversation, my aunt shared that on Sunday afternoon while watching the Scotties curling she nodded off.  It was quite the nap.  She was going to watch the afternoon curling games, so she got comfy on her couch and even snuggled into a cozy blanket, which she admits was mistake #1, because she saw the first rock being thrown and nothing until the last rock was thrown.  She missed the whole game but had a delightful nap.  Now I must admit that I was somewhat envious...no, no, no…I must be honest, I was quite envious.  Oh ok, I was a lot envious.

It feels like I have finally awoken from hibernation. With the days getting longer and sun getting brighter it seems like spring really is getting closer. A few days after the polar vortex finally moved on I headed out for some sunshine and a walk after being cooped up in the house during the bitter cold. Of course, I needed a destination so off to Dutch Growers I ventured.

Share Lent 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021 Written by

It’s probably one of my favorite paintings. To me it embodies the gift of self and call to service of each individual Christian, showing up for work in “God’s vineyard”. In my own opinion it pairs most excellently with my favorite hymn:

“I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry...
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?”

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