The Brotherhood of the Towel

Famed conductor and music instructor Ben Zander starts his school year by announcing to the class that your grade for the year is an A.  The one condition is that they write a letter now, dated May at the end of the class year.  The letter must begin, Dear Mr. Zander,  I got my A […]

The Elusive Spirit

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 Snow leopards are one of the world’s rarest, most elusive and little studied large animals. They are generally […]

A Gentle Voice

They say most people would rather do the following than attend a family function with certain relatives: Be poked in the eye with a sharp stick (16%) Get a case of hemorrhoids (12%) Swallow a live bug (12%) Get audited by Revenue Canada (11%) Clean the toilet (9%) When it comes to conflict, silence or […]

Risk Valuing Others

“There can be no peacemaking or social work or anything else to improve our world unless we are convinced that the other is important.”  Jean Vanier. One person who sees the value in another can alter that person’s life.  I would like to be that person to someone just as I have needed someone like […]

Melting into God

The Great Slave Lake can be powerful and majestic when its mighty swells are driven by the winds, or it can be bleak and frozen and still like the winter ice.  It is a marvel to me that a lake as vast as an ocean can become frozen over each winter.  Yet, it is even […]

Approved

An inner stamp of divine approval, is like a the loving embrace of a parent who says, “You’re alright.”  This affirmation of our Heavenly Father gives us the assurance and self acceptance we need. (continued…) The gold embossed seal on the corner of my ordination certificate says that I’ve been recognized by my religious organization […]

Jesus in Disguise

Being present with people in conversation and living in the moment, isn’t always something that comes natural, at least to me. Perhaps this woolgathering comes from insecurities or my short attention span. Being on the introverted side of the personality scale, I know I can be less interested in small talk and tune out unless […]

Increasing Our Heart Capacity

When I was buying a car battery at Walmart, I asked another man buying batteries for some advice, as he seemed knowledgeable. He told me about his home solar system that generates enough power to run most of the lights in his house. However, it lacked the storage capacity it needed to carry him through […]

Destiny Delayed

The summer storm fills the night air with a the rare freshness of much needed moisture. Rain falls across the windshield as we pull into the short term lot near the arrivals area our missionary friends will walk into.  We quickly scoot into the terminal and up to the arrivals board to check on the flight.   […]

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