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Inconvenient, breathtaking beauty

The Advent and Christmas seasons are an intense time for clergy. Here in Ontario, December also brought severe winter weather, difficult travel and widespread power outages. Still, there were incredible moments in which God’s beauty took my breath away. Blessed … Continue reading

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If you got a Christmas present you don’t really like, read this.

Some years ago for Christmas I received a gardening book. Normally, that kind of a gift is perfect since I love books and I love gardens. But this book seemed, well, not quite my thing. “Seed sowing and saving” it … Continue reading

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Convenient beauty on Trafalgar Road

South Oakville is a beautiful place. But the neighbourhood wouldn’t be the nearly as beautiful without Bong’s Variety. The corner store is surrounded on every side by loveliness. Some of the homes there are over a hundred years old and … Continue reading

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The beauty was right under my nose the whole time

An elderly woman in my congregation is ill just now and on a bright spring day I went to visit her at the local hospital. I parked my car and made my way along the sidewalk toward the main entrance … Continue reading

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Sometimes even in the springtime hope is hard to find

A woman from our neighbourhood died. For ten years our families have shared an unremarkable friendship, really. We chatted in the doorway at birthday parties, arranged play dates, and exchanged stories about our kids. There was no drama, no intensity, … Continue reading

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Canada Blooms: A breath of fresh air

How blessed am I? So blessed that A. and M. gave me a pair of tickets to Canada Blooms! This year, it is being held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from March 15-24, so last Friday my husband and … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes, parent to child.

Ash Wednesday is an ancient holy day in the Christian church calendar. It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which is traditionally a time of spiritual attentiveness and renewal. We are reminded of our mortality as we confess … Continue reading

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