Growth

So Inclined As To Reflect

Our walking tour of Quebec City made us feel old like the cliff-top citadel we were exploring. The ferry-trip across the St. Lawrence River presented itself as an appealing alternative to the pedestrian labours of going down, then up and down again. We haven’t always had the best of experiences on ferries. On one occasion…

Living Water

Domesticated Water Early into my morning routine I nudge the lever of the sink and fill my glass to the brim. Studies reveal that four glasses of water on an empty stomach can remedy any number of body disorders. My one-glass ritual does not aspire towards such prophylactic proportions. However, to my sluggish mind this…

Family Sins

The Lighthouse We hugged the trail that wound along the jagged shore to get a better photo. The surf seethed and slap the stoney face of the land, inhaled and repeated the insult. Any boat embroiled in this melee would be kayoed by the Atlantic’s relentless smack and wallop. When Europeans took an interest in…

Storms in Life

The Uninvited Frisbee at the beach was my summer sport of choice. Now decades later it is my sport of chance. By that I mean there is a chance my body might place me in the vicinity of the incoming disc. My legs prefer to debate such a proposal, only reaching consensus on the motion…

Listening Prayer

I thought I had ‘arrived’. It was my job, no my responsibility, to light the campfire. My teacher had been my dad. One of the things he emphasized was that a fire needs room. The kindling could not be dumped into the fire pit jumbled askew on each other. No, it needed to be placed,…

Unity in God’s Family

They laboured throughout the darkness of the summer night. When the August sun rose over Berlin it glinted off 30 miles of freshly strung barbed wire. During the rest of 1961, the East German authorities reinforced this initial partition with concrete walls, watchtowers and machine gun emplacements. By the 1980s, the Berlin Wall extended 28…

Do You Know the 3 R’s of Character Formation?

The car in front darts into your lane, you spit out ‘fuddle duddle’ or something like that. The boss says he wants to see you after lunch, your stomach flips, folds and fixes itself into a knot. The deal sounds too good to be true, maybe even to be legal, but you shut-up those thoughts…

Waiting Is Key to Following

Agitated, I stood and strode down the long corridor to scout out the main passenger lounge. No new shops or kiosks had been built. No new services were being offered. It was as it had been every other time I had visited that day. It was a very disappointing distraction. The authorities had first delayed…

Stone depicting three crosses

Rock-be-rolled Faith

The three women knew where the body of Jesus had been laid to rest. They had been eyewitnesses. They had seen Joseph of Arimathea lay out the shrouded corpse in the tomb and seal it with a rock on the Friday we call Good. Now it was Sunday and these same women were seeking Jesus.…