Our Favourite Things

Our Favourite Things

Stores are opening. Kids are back to school. Many are vaccinated. Things are slowly starting to shift. Or so we hope. The second year of life during a pandemic hasn’t been much easier than the first. And yet, during this month of Thanksgiving, the staff at CC wanted to share with readers the many blessings…

A life well lived

A life well lived

“Debra’s been transferred to hospice,” said Bob. “So if you’d like to see her, you should probably do it soon.” My heart sank. We knew it was coming, but we clung to the futile hope that there might be a last minute solution to buy our friend just a little more time. It was hard…

The Power of Prayer Walking
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The Power of Prayer Walking

When John Bouwers moved to Milton, Ont., to plant a church, he began by prayer walking through neighbourhoods. Ten years later, he’s witnessing God answer one of his first prayers. The first day Bouwers decided to prayer-walk the city, he drove to the southeastern corner of town, parked on a street, and started walking. “My…

Knit together
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Knit together

It was a simple beginning in a secondhand book store, several summers ago. Among a jumble of other craft books was a beautifully illustrated book of shawl patterns, perfect to take when next visiting a close friend of mine, Joyce, who is a talented knitter. The title was A Prayer Shawl Companion, written by Janet…

Walking by faith
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Walking by faith

“And do you have everything you’re going to need today?” Last September, my middle child started high school, and his big sister decided he was going to be organized. She was going to make sure of it. Every morning last year, she ran through a checklist with him, making sure he had his lunch –…

Making Time
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Making Time

In September 2017, I wrote about the concept of time as it relates to disability and discipleship, seen through the lens of disability theologian John Swinton’s book Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness and Gentle Discipleship. It’s four years later, and I am still recommending that book (and that column).  Add to the book list…

The bassoon next door

The bassoon next door

On a summer afternoon I walk into our cul-de-sac and hear the familiar, rich tones of a bassoon. The music is drifting from the open window of our neighbour’s house. Marty plays in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and is practicing on the second floor of his home. The bassoon doesn’t always have the most…

Roses over the wall

Roses over the wall

This is a good month for roses in my neighbourhood. On our walks, we seem to be continually surprised by the masses of heavy velvet heads framing doorways and gateways, and the lush greenery reaching high against brick walls. The breeze shifts and the fragrance reaches us, sweet, almost nostalgic but fresh and alive, too,…

Grace in the dark

Grace in the dark

In his little devotional book Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner says we should not look to Scripture for answers first of all, but instead listen to the questions it asks. Good advice. Certainty is a luxury the human race can ill afford. Conviction that “we” have answers and “they” do not has created a good deal…

Don’t go it alone

Don’t go it alone

In a famous movie called Shenandoah (1965), Jimmy Stewart’s character says grace before he and his family partake of a table heaped with food produced on their farm. Lord, we cleared this land;We plowed it, sowed it and harvested it.We cooked the harvest.It wouldn’t be here – we wouldn’t be eating it – if we…