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“ADVENT 4: LOVE”

“ADVENT 4: LOVE”

Is the story true?  Did it really happen?   I like to believe that in every legend, every parable, every story, there is a tidbit of ‘something’ that can bring good news.  The legend of the Poinsettia plant might be such a story - uf it is...

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“MAKE TIME TO MOURN.  MAKE TIME TO GRIEVE”

“MAKE TIME TO MOURN. MAKE TIME TO GRIEVE”

This is the time of the year when many observe Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas and expect to feel joy, but cannot because of loss: loss of ... a loved one ... job ... family pet ... relationship ... home … finances ... health ... hope. “Make Time to Mourn -...

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“MS. SQUIRREL’S PRAYER FOR TWO-LEGGED ANIMALS”

“MS. SQUIRREL’S PRAYER FOR TWO-LEGGED ANIMALS”

Ms. Squirrel's prayer as the wind howls,the rains pummel,the rivers and creeks rise,the power flickers,the animals hover together,the homeless seek shelter. O Creator-of-us-all, I pray for the two-legged creatures who so foolishly ignore the signs that are all...

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“ADVENT 3: JOY”

“ADVENT 3: JOY”

The baby was given two names at birth.Gene (her parents were expecting a boy)  and Dolores.No one knows why she was given this name - she just was.   And so began the life of Gene Dolores. Raised in poverty, Gene Dolores had to leave school at twelve to work and help...

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“ADVENT 2: PEACE”

“ADVENT 2: PEACE”

The theme for the Second Week of Advent is “peace.” ‘Peace’ is something we all want. … peace in the world, our families,    communities, churches, governments … peace within our own hearts and minds. It seems that in these days of global pandemicpeace is illusiveand...

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“ADVENT 1: HOPE”

“ADVENT 1: HOPE”

A still, small voice whispers “Where is the hope?” A circle of people gather, light candles and through tears, gasp “There must be hope.” Nations of people shake their heads and mumble “Is hope possible?” Phrases like ... "It's hopeless" ... "I can't even hope that...

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“JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT”

“JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT”

Egads and little fishes!!!  It's still the month of November and stores are filled with Christmas music and decorations.   Families have their Christmas trees up. Christmas luncheons and parties are happening ... and it's not even the month of December...

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“SERENITY AND PEACE”

“SERENITY AND PEACE”

These days, with news of the pandemic's "numbers" rising quickly and political goings-on, there seems to be a daily reminder that peace is still elusive for far too many. Understatement. But when all is said and done, as a result, many are experiencing stress. More...

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“GRIEF SIMPLY IS”

“GRIEF SIMPLY IS”

Grief.Grief "is."It appears unexpectedly. ... wears different costumes. ... sometimes puts a smile on our face. ... often brings sadness to our heart.... is not predictablein either timing or outcome.Grief "is."When we acknowledge its presence,we give it its spaceand...

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“THE SALUTE” NOVEMBER 11th – LEST WE FORGET

“THE SALUTE” NOVEMBER 11th – LEST WE FORGET

As part of our national recognition of Remembrance Day, each year in Canada on November 11thwe sing "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."  Over the years, women and men have stood on guard, defending borders or peacekeeping in other lands on our behalf. Some return...

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“WILL IT?    WON’T IT?”

“WILL IT? WON’T IT?”

"Will It? Won't It?" That question burst forth as I noticed the shrivelled radish in my veggie bed.It was November 3rd ... a very cold day here.I brought it indoors, put it in a tiny pottery potplaced it in a glass jar and filled it with water."Will it" survive? I...

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“A CALMING THOUGHT: ALL SHALL BE WELL”

“A CALMING THOUGHT: ALL SHALL BE WELL”

"All shall be well.All shall be well.And all manner of thing shall be well"There are no promises in lifebut the words by Dame Julian of Norwich (c. 1342) can be of assistance when dealing with difficult momentsdifficult people difficult situations.Used as ... a prayer...

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“TEMPESTUOUS TIME”

“TEMPESTUOUS TIME”

This time of the year, here on Vancouver Island, power outages happen and the waters which surround us, can be difficultlike tonight.Stormy weather... even tempestuous. In the United States, a difficult time is happening as mail-in and absentee ballots are being...

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“HOLDING THE NIGHTLIGHT THIS NIGHT”

“HOLDING THE NIGHTLIGHT THIS NIGHT”

This night, no decision has been reached in the U.S. election.Mail-in ballots have yet to be countedForeign countries have infiltrated the voting processLawyers and judges are preparing to argue challenges against counting mail-in ballotsAs it all unfoldsI pray.And...

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“THIN PLACES – ALLHALLOWTIDE”

“THIN PLACES – ALLHALLOWTIDE”

For many around the world, All Hallow's Eve (Hallowe'en), yesterday's All Saints Day, and today's All Souls Day form what is known as "AllHallowTide." If you've seen the movie "Coco" you are aware of the Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and will understand...

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“WELCOME, NOVEMBER”

“WELCOME, NOVEMBER”

November, welcome!In this part of the world you mark the end of the harvestand the beginning of the season of Winter.You bring wind.You bring rain.And this year, you bring uncertainty. And in it all,pandemic notwithstandingNovember is a time of slowing down even...

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“TRICK OR TREAT”

“TRICK OR TREAT”

“Trick or Treat!” they shouted as I've opened the front door and they held open their bags. “I’ve got the treats," I replied "What trick (a song or dance or joke or riddle) can you offer in exchange?” Silence. Giggles.  Happy faces on accompanying parents. And then,...

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“WHAT HAS CHANGED”

“WHAT HAS CHANGED”

What has changed in the past two years since I wrote something similar to what follows? Emails, FB posts, tweets from American friends who share feelings of helplessness, isolation, fear, lacking strength to face the "next" haven't stopped. So what has changed? What...

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“IN THE COMING DAYS”

“IN THE COMING DAYS”

breathtakingly beautiful in its simplicitythe country road was strewn with Autumn leaves seemingly untouched by walkers before me as the boughs above welcomed me into their midsta peace that passes understanding touched my soula moment of grace.a place of joya special...

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