Stuff

Recently, I learned that according to the LA Times, the average home in North America has 300,000 items. About 10% of us rent extra off-site storage. Regularly my favourite Bible study teacher would ask, “do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you?” So, when my church issued a re-purposing challenge I decided…

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Grief

It’s the hard part of life’s journey and one that none of us can avoid. Last Sunday Susan Summerbell died after a long, long battle with an unusual form of cancer. She is among the many KDS members whom I miss. I think of those who welcomed me into the Adanac Circle more than 25…

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Gentleness

Regularly John and I go for an urban hike, walking about 5 kilometres. It’s a must that we stop at our local coffee shop. One of the regulars is a large man who, from all appearances, has not had an easy life. “His” table is the one nearest the bathrooms – not a place that…

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Kindness

Ever since my hair turned white, young people hold the door open for me. In the old days of my feminist leanings, I would have felt somewhat put out by that. Now I just appreciate it for what it is – a small act of kindness. Those small acts – a gesture, a word of…

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Forbearance

Honestly, how many times have you used the word, forbearance, in a recent conversation? I’m guessing not many. Yet this wonderful word conveys an important idea – the idea that includes patient self-control, but is greater than mere tolerance. It means extending understanding and empathy to those who disappoint or anger us. It means feeling…

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Patience

Several years ago a quick-witted friend said, “Never pray for patience because the Lord will give you many opportunities to practice it.” Patience is in short supply in a world of constantly changing technology, increasingly crowded roadways, a culture that encourages us to always be first, and to chase after an endless variety of consumer…

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Peace

All around me I see disruption in people’s lives. Cherished family members are gone, illness is challenging others, and the news is constantly filled with decisions that affect millions of people – it all seems unsettling, to say the least. As a result, many are searching for peace. I suggest that obtaining our own peace…

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