Entering the Wilderness

(Lent 1) The Wilderness.  Many, if not all, of us have spent time in the wilderness.  That place where everything around us looks barren.  Where the landscape looks bleak with no end – and is so vast that there’s no end in sight.  It’s uncomfortable, lonely, wild, and impossible to control.  And it’s so overwhelming […]

Loved & Served

(Easter 5) When I started working at United Way, I experienced culture shock in a number of ways.  The move from a North End family centre to an office with a dress code (my son & I spent much time figuring out what business casual might mean).  A staff more than twice as large.  Enough …

Ashamed No More

(Lent 1) A number of weeks before Lent, those of us who are involved in the Lent services received an email from our pastor about this year’s theme “Ashamed no more”.  The email noted that this year’s resources look at shame and how it can block our ability and willingness to be vulnerable and live …

Beloved

(Lent 1) At the beginning of the year, Esther preached a sermon where she prompted us to think of ourselves as God’s beloved.  There was a lot more to it – and that might not even have been the point of her sermon – but that was my takeaway.  To think of what it might …