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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.

19
Dec

Who is Jesus? Jesus is Emmanuel - Advent 4

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Photo: David Robertson   Rev. David: I have always found deep meaning and comfort in the mystery of Emmanuel—God with Us. The simple and graceful lines of the artist in this nativity by Amos Pewter capture expressions of love, wonder and adoration. Joseph’s out-stretched hand gesturing to the child has a “I-see-it-but-I-don’t-quite-believe-it, but… look! at this beautiful child.” It is hard to believe—that God comes to us, to be close to us, to be embodied in human form in such a gracious and vulnerable way.   Mary’s hands cover her heart and convey gratitude and blessing. Indeed, how deep is the...
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12
Dec

Who is Jesus? Jesus is the Morning Star of Hope - Advent 3

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 Photo: David Robertson David: I’ve always been a lover of the morning sky—that time between sleep and awake. It’s even more significant during the winter when the night is long and cold. For that reason, the morning light is welcome and full of promise for me. The morning star(s) can still be seen in the west as the day star, our sun rises in the east. I have the feeling that the light is always with me and never leaves me. It’s comforting. And it’s beautiful. The Prophet Isaiah says, “Do not fear, I am with you” (Is.10:41). When I...
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05
Dec

Who is Jesus? Jesus is the Way - Advent 2

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Jesus -- The Way          Photos: Susan Lukey   Susan:  I’m fascinated by paths, in the woods or a cow-path along a fence.  Just like life, these paths don’t have a clear destination, leaving much to the imagination about where they are going. They are not level or straight paths.  Perhaps that is why I like the image of Jesus as the Way.  Like the first followers of Jesus, I gravitate to calling myself a follower of The Way rather than Christian because I think that was the intent of Jesus.  He modelled and taught a radical, challenging...
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30
Nov

Who is this Jesus we celebrate at Christmas? - Advent 1

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For Advent, David and I chose four images of Jesus, found some of our photos to reflect the image and then each wrote a short piece on that image of Jesus.  We'll share one in each of the four weeks of Advent. Jesus, the Light of the World   Photo: Susan Lukey   La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Basilica, Barcelona, Spain    Rev. Susan: We paused in awe as we entered La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The colours were incredible.  How did the builders achieve such brilliance? Then we realized that it was the sunlight streaming through the stained glass that...
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21
Nov

Why? Finding a Place to Ask Questions and Make Sense of Life

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Why?  It’s the first question a toddler learns to ask, and once they learn that question, it never stops.  Why is the sky blue?  Why do I have to wear socks? Why do puppies bark? Their world has opened up and curiosity has sprung forth.  Why? Why? Why?  And if we dare to provide an answer, it will usually lead to another why question.    Why do I have to wear socks?   Because you need to keep your feet warm.    Why do I need to keep my feet warm?   Because it is cold outside.   Why is it...
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14
Nov

Do I Have to Believe in God to Come to Church?

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Do I have to believe in God in order to come to church? That’s a good question, which leads to several more questions, but first a simple answer – No! You don’t have to believe in God in order to come to church.   There are many reasons that you alone, or with your family, might choose to come to church. You might come because you long for a community around. You might wish to be part of a group of people from many generations. You might come because you know people who are involved and want to spend time with...
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07
Nov

Angry at Life; Angry at God

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Sometimes it is one big thing that hits us.  Sometimes it is numerous small things.  Out of it, we are left angry at life, angry at God, just plain angry.  We can feel the anger simmering underneath.  We may try to contain it and manage it.  At times, it may burst forth unwanted, at our children, our spouse, a friend or a store clerk.  Life isn’t fair – we want to cry.  This isn’t how I planned for things to go.  I’ve worked so hard and tried so hard but what’s the use.    The anger may be caused by current...
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17
Oct

Gratitude - The Path of 1,000 Things for which I am Thankful

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I put out the 1,000 things dare last week! How did you do? How far did you get alone, or with others, in naming 1,000 things for which you are grateful?   What I’ve learned is that naming that for which I’m thankful takes time. The second thing I learned is that it is easy to start dismissing things – the eraser on my pencil, is that worth being thankful for? Well of course it is. Imagine life without an eraser.   It took me about half an hour to put down the first 50 things on paper (though some people...
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10
Oct

One Thousand Things to Be Thankful For!

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I dare you! I dare you to name 1,000 things you are thankful for this weekend. Make it a family and/or friends activity. Go for it. Often we say, “Oh, I have so much to be thankful for.” And we might name 2 or 5 or 10 things. But really we do have SO MUCH to be thankful for.   Gratitude is a counter-cultural practice in our society. I am so tired of hearing hate-filled messages directed at politicians and leaders of all sorts. I am so tired of hearing criticism of almost everything in our society. And, sadly, I find myself...
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03
Oct

Why Self-Care Doesn't Really Work

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Self-care sounds good, but it doesn’t really give us the rest we need. After a long day of caring for others, the last thing I can do at home is take care of myself. Usually it ends up me sitting on the couch in the evening, feet up, watching home improvement shows or playing Angry Bird Match on my telephone. I call that crashing, not self-care. If I have a bit more energy left, I manage to spend some time reading, going for a walk, or maybe even doing some sewing, which are a bit better for my body, mind and...
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