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Putting Up A Facade

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) Is there anything more fundamental than our need for forgiveness? Is there anything more costly than forgiveness? We are constantly attempting to put up facades that communicate to everyone around us that we are doing just …

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Bearers of Peace

In the Bible, there is a curious little story between Isaac and the rulers of Philistine (todays Palestine). After a disagreement with a King of Philistine, Isaac moved on in his nomadic lifestyle to another land. He again came into conflict with other groups of Philistines regarding who owned the wells in the land he …

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Finding Peace

Jean Vanier wrote a book all about finding peace, aptly named just that. As the world struggles to figure out what finding peace looks like globally, it is often hard to also know what it looks like for us in the day-to-day. The following excerpt from Vanier’s book is a great reminder for us as …

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Thankful for ALL things?

When I think of a Thanksgiving Day meal, I picture a Norman Rockwell painting of an extended family around the table with a huge golden roasted turkey as the centrepiece. Bowls of steaming vegetables, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are waiting to be served.  The family is holding hands, and before grace is …

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And He Weeps

Jesus once called to his friend Lazarus to come outside. What makes this unusual is that his friend had been dead for 4 days, and Jesus was standing in front of his grave. Jesus had been messaged several days before that his friend was sick and likely to die. Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, …

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Showing Grace

I don’t deserve that – He doesn’t deserve that – What makes them think they deserve that? Part of the human ego is a clear sense of what is fair.  We get bent out of shape when we feel that someone is getting an unreasonable break, and we are not. Giving what others deserve and …

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Patience is Hard!

Patience is not something that comes naturally to me. My whole life I have tried (and often failed) to practice patience. Surprisingly, during pregnancy, patience came a bit easier, both with myself and with others. Until last week that is… Now I am in that awkward in-between where I am uncomfortable whether I stand, sit or lay down …

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Joy & Belonging

When you look into what people need in life or work to cultivate joy, there is a common theme of the need to belong. In life, belonging brings one a sense of aliveness, connection, comradery and ultimately joy. At work, studies suggest that feeling part of a team or having a close work friend can …

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the quote "Joy is an inherent inner aliveness" by Richard Rohr

Inner Aliveness

“Joy is an inherent inner aliveness.” – Richard Rohr Joy is one of those tricky things to grasp in our complicated world. I often struggle with what joy looks like when all around there is pain, suffering, oppression, wrongful evictions, unsafe working conditions, and the list goes on. So when I came across Richard Rohr’s thoughts on joy, …

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