So what in the world is praying a daily office? At its pared down core, it is simply a form of prayer. The daily office is a pattern of prayer and worship that is regularly practiced/offered to God at set times within the course of a single day. It’s rooted in the simple reality that… Continue reading Saying our prayers, part 2
One of Advent's big themes is waiting. Not the expected December waiting in cashier queue's or mall parking-lot grid-lock. You think that's bad, try waiting thousands of years for a slow-to-come King. The hoping and waiting in Advent is for a world that works, the realization that life as we know it is too much… Continue reading Passionate patience
Prayer has often been one of the weakest parts of my relationship with God. Yeah, I’ve been a pastor for about 20 years and a follower of Jesus for longer - it's not supposed to be this way. But here’s the truth about my prayer life – it's mostly distracted. I often pray like a… Continue reading Saying our prayers, part 1
Tomorrow starts the Christian season of Advent (from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming” or “arrival”). I love Advent for being an invitation into a parallel but alternate reality to the usual December experience, which has morphed Christmas into something almost unrecognizable. Advent is the four-week season of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. … Continue reading Are you ready?
Tomorrow is Black Friday south of the 49th, the biggest consumer bender known to humanity. Called black because merchants' books finally crossover from the red into the black, it's an apt adjective for other reasons. And it would be so easy to watch the spree and smugly gloat, believing I'm free from that, above it… Continue reading An anthem for Black Friday
Yesterday with friends visiting from Vancouver, we bundled up the kids and headed to the downtown cenotaph for the Remembrance Day service. We missed most of it (who can find a parking spot anywhere and isn't the moment of silence to be observed at eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of… Continue reading Friday photos – memento
With autumn's inevitable pushing back of the morning sunrise, we're actually awake to watch it happen. Owen and Lily have been glued to the front window this week, watching the sun light up the eastern sky. Lily calls the morning clouds the "northern lights," which is not far off - just during the day and… Continue reading Friday photos – morning northern lights