Year: 2016

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Faithfulness

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the Heavens. Your faithfulness to the skies” – Psalm 36:5 Faithfulness to me is about covenant. It’s about making a commitment, a promise, and sticking to it. To be faithful means to be reliable, unwavering, and consistent. That’s hard to do. We’ve all failed in this. Yet God’s grace is …

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Goodness

“…we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith”. – 2 Thessalonians 1:11 When I looked up the word goodness, the definition I got was this: “The …

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Kindness

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain What kind of attitude do we do things in? What kinds of small things can we do to show kindness? Here’s a prayer for today to help us explore ‘kindness’ in our own hearts. We continue striving to …

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Patience

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jaques Rousseau It’s easy to lose patience, often the hard part is finding it. The work that we do is hard. It’s exhausting. It can drain us of all of our resources; especially patience. Frequently we find ourselves losing patience with our co-workers, supervisors, clients, partners and …

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Peace

“Seek the peace and prosperity (shalom) of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” – Jeremiah 29:7 I have a tattoo on my arm (much to the chagrin of my dear mother) with the word ‘shalom’ written in both …

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Joy

Joy! joy! joy! there is joy in The Salvation Army, Joy! joy! joy! in the Army of the Lord. We will sing, we will sing, till the world is full of joy; We will shout, we will shout, till glad voices rend the sky. With a thousand bands and a thousand drums We will praise …

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Love

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13 Now that it’s February, we switch our attention to the missional theme of the month; LOVE. We chose ‘love’ for February because Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th. It’s a time where we intentionally express our love and …

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Transforming Communities

As I’ve continued to reflect on January’s focus of our mission statement, my mind took me to the last part; ‘…to be a transforming influence on the communities of our world.’ We’re well into our third year of a 3-year plan to integrate all of our shelters under the name Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports. …

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All you need is love

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence on the communities of our world. It’s been a week of major ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ in our shelter world. I’ll start with the ‘downs’. This week at Toronto’s ‘Homeless Memorial’, a service was held to remember …

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