Gratitude

I realized the other day that I haven’t done any blogging in a while, and I think it’s because things are still pretty difficult around The Dale, and within myself. Many good things have happened… and over all it’s been tough slogging. I don’t want to downplay or diminish the hard things, but I do… Continue reading Gratitude

Wowzers

Tonight’s Bible study was really lovely. We were small in number, but had a good, deep discussion and the chance to really share and pray together, which is sometimes hard in bigger groups. One member took off a bit early to get to an AA meeting, and we cheered him on his way, congratulating him… Continue reading Wowzers

Words from the community

A friend at The Dale recently told me that he writes poetry, and asked if I’d like to read some of his work. I excitedly said I would love to! The next week he handed me two work books containing his handwritten poetry/theological reflections/prayers. It has been a deep privilege to read through his work,… Continue reading Words from the community

Another brutiful year

It’s a new year. Christmas has come and gone again. A friend from my Sanctuary community, Maggie Paul, shared a new word with me just before Christmas that I found/find incredibly helpful when thinking about Christmas, the new year, and life in general: brutiful. This word is originally from a blog called Momastery [http://momastery.com/blog/2010/10/04/brutiful-2/] The… Continue reading Another brutiful year

The gift of giving

As December gets rolling, everything around us tells us to think about giving gifts. Like I said in my last post, I have a lot of thoughts about this… but for today I want to ponder an alternative way of thinking about gift giving, which applies all year long. Central to the vision/mission statement of… Continue reading The gift of giving

An advent re-post

Last year I did a lot of thinking about Advent and Christmas, and wrote a post about it. These thoughts still pretty much sum up how I feel about December, so I thought I’d post it again:   I accidentally went to the Dufferin Mall on Black Friday. I should say, I went to the… Continue reading An advent re-post

Experiences of redemption and gezelligheid

November has been a very full month so far! I am part of a team of that worked together over the last few months to plan a conference for young women in ministry, which we called “Junia’s Daughters” (Junia is mentioned in Romans 16:7, as being “outstanding among the apostles”. Her name was mistranslated “Junias”-… Continue reading Experiences of redemption and gezelligheid