A Lesson in Faith

A silhouette against the sky, Standing on the hill out there, Outlined in contrast. A thick strong trunk, Fracturing into many limbs, Ending in vulnerable, fragile branch tips against A sky starting to glow rosy pink, In the rising sunlight of a cold winter day. Walking closer, Hearing fractured limb rubbing against, A gnarled knob on the truck. Rubbed raw by the gentle breeze of much time, First broken by the wind of a crashing storm. Being made stronger where it was weak. Standing, from there it was a vision of raw perfection, From here the visible imperfect. In passing…

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#adulting

As a parent of two older teens, I’ve had fun with the current #adulting trend. A little self-deprecating humour goes a long way in helping myself #rightsize my opinions of myself as well as my perception of self-importance and irreplace-ibility. This morning, after a very long and full work week with 4 am mornings and 11 pm evenings and being “on-the-clock” almost the whole time, I really wanted to sleep in. However, having been out of the office and away from home for the majority of the week, with a significant event tomorrow requiring extensive preparation today along with a…

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Our Good, Good Father

[Written for January 22, 2017] Dear Father God, You are a good, good father. Your word shows this to us again and again. How you have worked throughout history, through times of plenty and times of little, through natural disasters and through human created catastrophes, through all kinds of leadership … because you are not limited or confined by any of them. These are our creations and things of our own importance. By your grace we get to make choices, have independent thoughts and opinions, and the amazing wonder of all of it is that you reassure us that in…

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In the Raindrop

Written for June 28, 2015 Dear Father God, We have come before you in worship today. We seek your presence through our acts of worship: the moments of song; the act of listening; the practice of giving; the small pauses of silence; may all of these bring conviction and strength to our faith.  We have gathered here today in a way that is not seen as normal by many of our peers.  Our motivations can be as simple as routine and doing what is right, or as complex as a grasp for hope and a plea for belonging. You have…

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For Leaders and the Persecuted Church

Written for November 23, 2014 Lord, Last week we came to you and we asked you for your safety and presence as we entered another week.  Today we come before you and we praise you. Throughout the week you were with us as we went on our travels in this city and for some beyond. You kept us safe on the roads, you protected us from countless times of near accidents and harm that likely didn’t even make our awareness. We thank you for our homes, in which we were kept safe from the cold, fed with food to keep…

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