“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
I sometimes feel like the church relies far too much upon rational management techniques, and far too little on God, The-Chance-for-Something-Absolutely-New. If we are able to access this God of new chances, even at our dimmest moments we might remember that as God's beloved, we indeed can bring some Light, some Hope, some Love, and some Possibility to the people around us.... and if we are not careful - to the church. I hope we can all hear the voice of that God.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Believe it or not, Advent begins later this month! Who saw that coming? While it may have happened quicker than we thought, it is about to be upon us and we might begin thinking about how we will live a Holy Advent this year. It becomes increasingly difficult in a consumer culture to remain focused... Continue Reading →
Now is the Time
The Anglican Church of Canada is hosting its General Synod - a meeting that happens once every three years - at Richmond Hill. I have been following the synod by live feed. Yesterday they were invited to consider a motion that would change the Marriage Canon in the Anglican Church to include the Marriage of... Continue Reading →
The Conditions are Not Right – So Do it Anyway.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with... Continue Reading →
An Adverse Wind
When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking... Continue Reading →
Hope – a Feathered Thing
Hope, is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. ~ Emily Dickinson In today's Gospel at church we hear the story of the Fig Tree. It is a short parable offered to a people who have have seen the murder of Galileans... Continue Reading →
Ask the Bees – They will Tell You!
In the Book of Job we read; But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand... Continue Reading →
New is Scary… but … New is Life
Tonight I was re-reading Anne Lamott’s book Help Thanks Wow. These words jumped out at me.... If we stay where we are, where we're stuck, where we're comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you... Continue Reading →
Gestures of Kindness
Sometimes the greatest resource of all can be a small gesture of kindness from someone who is poor. It is often a gentle look from someone who is vulnerable which relaxes us, touches our heart and reminds us of what is essential. One day I went with some sisters of Mother Teresa to a slum... Continue Reading →