The Days After

- JEH MacDonald, Morning After Snow, High Park  1912 --This reflection was originally published at http://www.christiancourier.ca   Advent led us to it. Christmas opened a door. And now we are here, sliding into a New Year. Again. The bustle of finishing 2019 is over. The buzz of buying, gifting, making, cooking, gathering and celebrating is... Continue Reading →

Creating and Undoing: Of Good Books and the Moving Spirit

Once, when I was a grad student, living in Vancouver off of a part-time starbucks barista wage, I did not have money for christmas presents.  So I decided to do what I love to do, have always loved to do, and do almost every day to this day which is, to tell people about books... Continue Reading →

A Visible Reality

  "A truth, a doctrine, or a religion needs no space for itself.  They are disembodied entities. They are heard, learned, and apprehended, and that is all.  But, the incarnate Son of God needs not only ears or hearts, but living people who will follow him.  That is why he called his disciples into a... Continue Reading →

The Magic YES of 2016

      In the book A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, a young girl, Felicity, her mother and her sister, are moving to their mother’s Tennessee mountain hometown after a decade of travelling around, rootless. Rumor is that the town has magic, real magic. Felicity’s mom explains to her:    “The town HAD... Continue Reading →

Mary and Elizabeth

Mary and Elizabeth by Kathe Kollwitz (1928)     Mary stopped short of the gate. The servants’s daughter was in the yard, bending over a puddle of water. Beyond her was the goat’s pen and then, in the shade of the doorway she saw her cousin. To Mary, Elizabeth's body looked bigger than before, thicker,... Continue Reading →

The Book of Love – Part 3

--I just can't stop thinking of the question, "What story do I live out of?"  In all the areas of my life.  In my exhausted parts, in my broken-hearted parts, in my confused parts, in my angry parts, in my terrified parts.   All those parts are a bit closer to the surface lately than... Continue Reading →

That Unexpected Advent

  Advent.  It is a time of hope, of waiting, of anticipation.  It marks the waiting the world has always known. So many words have been said about Advent.  We want to enter it, we want to live it.  We want to savour this time-this lead up to Christmas. Advent is a time where we... Continue Reading →

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