First, I just want to take a second to say THIS IS MY 300th post in a row! What EVEN?! How did that happen?! I’m kind of addicted to it, now, so you might just be stuck with me for a while. 😉
Next up on the agenda: time to queue the 2021 jokes (you KNEW they were coming after the week we’ve been through!):
And a couple of super hero memes (cause those are always in order!)
This lovely little bit of advice (ok, but don’t gather, people. Send a text. Or sit silently on Zoom. Let’s say safe!):
So. Um. I’m only supposed to make that as a plan when I’m 100 years old? How come it sounds so good at 45?! I’m an overachiever, or…..????:
Ha! (Though Koski seriously had a night of nightmares recently – she kept growling in her sleep, and it totally freaked me out. My dog rarely growls, so I kept thinking there was someone in my condo. SHEESH.):
This is absolutely true, and a needed reminder right now:
And finally, this blessing for your day:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep on laughing and thinking and drawing closer to God!
Time to gather some resources to prepare us for worship. We are starting a new series at Graceview tomorrow, entitled “The Struggle is Real.” Because, after the week that has just passed, with the numbers we are seeing in Toronto, with the unrest in the States, we’re probably feeling the struggle right now. So we are going to talk about how to hold to faith in the midst of struggle.
Let’s start with this Hillsong number, “Who You say I am,” that speaks to who God says each of us is:
I found this earlier today, and I just loved it:
This affirmation of faith, that just spoke to me in the week we’ve all been through:
This song by Andrew Peterson about waiting for hope, entitled “The Dark Before the Dawn,”
Until tomorrow, dear friends, hold to hope, hold to faith. God has promised that he will never leave us, never forsake us!
I’m feeling a bit wordless today. I’ve spent a good hour so far trying to come up with words or ideas for today’s posts. In the midst of a week that has seen some seriously upsetting, my creativity is feeling sapped. So today, I just want to pass this on:
And with that, my dog and I are going for a walk, to breathe in the fresh air and the sunshine and find God among a the trees and the river.
Until tomorrow, dear friends – breathe, just breathe.
So I was heartened yesterday, in the midst of the disturbing events taking place in the USA, when one of the former Moderators of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada shared a prayer in the PCC’s facebook group:
I don’t know that I have much to add to that. I have wept for my friends in the States more this year than any year in living memory. I pray that the this latest moment of crisis there would be a catalyst to bring a broken and divided nation to a better, unified, peaceful day.
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you pray in the Spirit and know God’s peace.
I am back in Toronto, the celebrations of the end of the year have come to an end and we are heading into the hard part of winter for me. In a normal year, I’d get out of dodge for much warmer climes for a couple of weeks. But that, of course, isn’t possible this year.
Add to that the dire statements of many of our leaders and experts, saying that the next few months will be very tough indeed, in Canada, and you have the recipe for a much more difficult than usual winter.
So I was glad to come across this during the past week:
Be encouraged, friends, God is not helpless among the ruins. God is not helpless when our world is in a mess. Christmas, in fact, reminds us that God comes to us and dwells with us in the midst of our mess.
And always remember what Jesus said:
So, until tomorrow, dear friends: cling to hope, cling to the promises of God, trust that God is still able – more than able – to make a way for us in the midst of a messy, broken world.
Welcome to Sunday worship. Again, this week, Dad and I are sharing a conversation about one of our favourite passages. This week we welcome Eric Medhurst back in his role of providing music (though we let him record from home, too!). Here is the service:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, be blessed and be a blessing!