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Adventures in Faith & Family

Reflections on growing together in faith, exploring typical situations that we face in families and the many adventures that make up family life, these articles offer support to parents and grandparents as they mentor and care for their children.

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Nov

Keeping Your Bearings during the Advent Season

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November 27 – Advent 1 It is hard to keep our spiritual, emotional and physical bearings during the season of Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming” and this season of 4 weeks is meant to help us prepare our spirits for the coming of Jesus, the celebration of his birth. Advent is meant to help us re-focus and re-centre our spirits, so that we are rooted and grounded in God’s love.   Yet is so easy to lose our way.  We long to arrive, on Christmas Eve, at that idyllic, peaceful place, which we imagine Bethlehem was, with stars shining in...
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17
Nov

Family Faith Practice #8 - Time for Rest or Hygge

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Maybe you’ve heard of the word “hygge.”  It has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year and was considered for its word of the year. (“Post-truth” won!)   Hygge, pronounced hooga or hyuga, comes from Danish and means “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”   As I heard the definition of hygge, I couldn’t help thinking of the Jewish and Christian practice of Sabbath.  Sabbath is a time of rest, a time of refraining from work or daily tasks, a time of trusting that God can take care of the world...
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11
Nov

Family Faith Practice #7 - Love Neighbour, Stranger & Enemy

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Jesus was quite clear: anyone can love those who love them. That’s easy, and that wasn’t what he expected of his followers. He expected more.  Love your neighbour, whoever they are, whether or not you think they are good and kindly. Love the stranger in your midst, reach out with a generous welcome. Love your enemy, do good to those who hate you. Don’t judge: treat them with respect & kindness.  Share what you have with them.   In the current political and social climate, not just in North America but around the world, we need to live these teachings of...
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03
Nov

Family Faith Practice #6 - What to do with your worries!

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Are you a worrier?  Are your kids worriers? What can you do with those worries? Worry is like a worm that eats away at our lives, consuming the joy, the love, the delight, the wonder, and the hope that we should enjoy in our daily lives. I’ve known brides who were so wound up with worry about the details of their wedding day that they didn’t enjoy the wedding or even remember it afterwards.  I’ve known parents who are so tense with worry about what might happen to their children that they missed the wonder of their child’s first steps or...
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27
Oct

Family Faith Practice #5 - Why bother reading the Bible?

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Why bother reading a book that is so old and has stories about people who lived 2,000 to 6,000 or more years ago?  What can anything in the Bible have to say to us today?  The Bible was written in pre-industrial times, so what can it say to us who live in the midst of a technological boom?  Isn’t the Bible obsolete, though it does have a few nice phrases?   Actually, the Bible does have a great deal to say to us today.  I love reading the Bible, even the stories that at first are difficult or hard to understand....
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20
Oct

Family Faith Practice #4 - Lighting Candles

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Lighting a Candle of God’s Presence   We need both light and dark in the world.  Yet both can be overwhelming.  Too much daylight and we long for the dark which brings stillness, quiet and rest.  Too much dark and we look for light to guide our way.    For me, one of the best sights in the world is the warmth of light glowing from a window, seen as I walk through the dark toward the house. Or a campfire guiding the way through the shadowed forest. Or a candle burning on the table in a dark room.  There is...
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07
Oct

Family Faith Practice #3 - Saying Grace

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Why do we say Grace before a meal?   The word grace has the same roots as the word grateful.  So saying Grace is about giving thanks, specifically thanks to God, the Creator of the Universe.   But grace also refers to something that is not earned, not deserved, a gift freely given.   So when we say Grace before a meal we are remembering that what we have before us is something that is a gift and a blessing.  And even if we, or our parents, have worked to grow and harvest the food or to earn the money to...
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29
Sep

Family Faith Practice #2 - Practicing the Presence of God

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Practicing the Presence of God Brother Lawrence lived in the 1600’s in France.  He felt God calling him to be a monk.  He imagined himself involved in spiritual activities that would deepen his relationship with God.  He didn’t imagine himself sorting and cleaning raisins in the kitchen day after day.  But that is where he found himself, doing one of the most menial and boring tasks.   In his later years, he became a repairer of sandals.  It was in these every day tasks, he discovered God.  To some he is known as ‘the Kitchen Saint.’ He learned to pray in every...
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22
Sep

Family Faith Practice #1 - Mending the World

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Tikkun Olam – The Repair of the World   We all know that we live in a broken world.  In the beginning, God declared that creation was very good.  Yet, it is easy to look around and find so many situations in our own lives and around the earth that are not good.  Children notice and are touched by the pain and sorrow in the world as well.   In Jewish wisdom, there is the concept of “tikkun olam,” a phrase which means “repair of the world.”  The idea is that we as human beings have a role to play in...
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27
Jun

North, South, East, West - a Reflection to Begin a Great Summer!

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“I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where will my help come?” (Psalm 121:1)  That’s how the writer of Psalm 121 begins a psalm that is a statement of belief in the power and presence of God.  The First Nations people look to the mountains, the rivers, the sky, the wind and the creatures of earth, sea & sky to know God’s presence and power.  Rather than having a book of scripture, all of creation reveals and speaks of God within First Nations’ tradition.  The foundation of their teachings lies in the four directions: east, south, west and north. ...
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Spiritual Meditation - a Chance to Focus & Reflect
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