Entering Advent

(Advent 1) It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m sitting in Starbucks, jazzy Christmas music playing slightly too loudly for either thought or conversation, a seasonal Chestnut Praline latte before me – and I take a moment (or several moments to think about Advent. The music, the mistletoe decorations painted on the windows, the red Starbucks cup …

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Call of the Wilderness

Come on in. The wilderness calls. You look around, not wanting to enter. The air is so hot and dry you feel like there can't be enough oxygen. There are rocks and crags. There’s colour – but most of it is a dusky red. There are plants – but mostly dry scruff, not the kind that …

Like a Kookum

Isaiah 40:1-11 (part 2) As I think through this passage, I try and figure out what it would look like in our context now.  It’s a story of exile, a story of being distanced from your land.  Having lived in many places, I don’t really understand the ‘tied to the land’ feeling, although I get …