Relections Archives

March 25, 2018 – Embracing the Unknown

  We continue to explore the eight spiritual practices for the journey within based on the book, The Soul of a Pilgrim written by Christine Paintner. We are almost getting to the end. Today we explore the practice of embracing the unknown. None of these spiritual practices is easy. We wouldn’t call it practice if(…)

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March 18, 2018 – Beginning Again

Text:  Luke 15:11-32 Beginning again is hard. It’s more difficult than beginning something new. When we begin something new, we have a beginner’s mind, an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions. We don’t take anything for granted. We pay attention to everything we see. We embrace new experiences as we go along. Beginning(…)

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March 11, 2018 – Becoming a Stranger

Text: John 4:1-10, 27-34 Give me a drink. Only a stranger can ask for a drink of water. Strangers don’t have a choice but to ask. They are not strangers if they already knew how to get what they were looking for. Not just one time, but many times strangers have to ask where things(…)

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March 4, 2018 – Making the Way by Walking

  Text:  Luke 9:57-62 We are in the season of Lent, the 40 days which fall between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. Lent is a time of preparation for personal and collective transformation. We are exploring the eight spiritual practices in The Soul of A Pilgrim written by Christine Paintner. We are almost half way(…)

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February 25, 2018 – Crossing the Threshold

Text:  Exodus 15: 19-27 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” said Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet. I think we can all relate to that. How many of us tried to change others only to realize that they tried the exact(…)

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February 18, 2018 – Travelling Light

Text:  Genesis 12: 1-10 I vividly remember the day I took a flight in South Korea to come to Canada. I remember saying good bye to Peace who was 7 month old, which was hard. We had a plan. I was going to start studying English in downtown Vancouver, find a place to live, and(…)

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February 11, 2018 – Learning from Salmon

Text:  Isaiah 40:21-31 Have you ever watched salmon swimming upstream? Once my family and I watched thousands of salmon running upstream in Ladysmith. It’s an eye-opening experience. Despite some obstacles – rocks, shallow water, and bears – nothing could stop those salmon from travelling their long journey home. Their strength, vitality and determination made a(…)

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February 4, 2018 – Have You Not Known?

Text: Isaiah 40:21-31 A memory is tricky. We remember a particular event that happened 20 years ago as if it was yesterday, but we have a hard time remembering what we did the day before yesterday. Some events linger longer in our memories than others, and we don’t get to choose what we will remember(…)

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January 28, 2018 – Praise The Lord

Text:  Text: Psalm 111 Following the Lectionary, the three years cycle of lessons that intends us to read and meditate so we can follow the way of Christ, can be a challenge. Each week, I am given four different readings from the Bible. I usually choose a passage that has a story. I love stories, and(…)

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January 21, 2018 – Paying Attention

Text:   Jonah 3:1-4, 4:1-11 Last week, my family and I were driving to a farm in Beausejour. We had been invited to a birthday party, a snowshoe Scrabble Derby at the farm. The farm wasn’t in the Google Map. We navigated through the hidden intersection and gravel roads, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of this winter(…)

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