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Losing Easter

I know it may sound a little trite in light of the much more serious losses all around us right now, but I’m just going to say it: I am sad about losing Easter. Easter is my very most favourite holiday of the year. And at our church, we do Easter big. I literally started…

A Covid-crap-ular Week

Week one was busy. There were so many things to figure out. There were new routines and constant processing and dealing with what was right in front of us. It was moving to our online worship time and calling everyone in church and a thousand meetings. I didn’t have much time to think about anything.…

When the People Die

There is a little saying that pastors use when we find ourselves facing a situation that is unexpected or requires a skill we don’t have. It is: “They never taught me THAT in seminary!” Seminary is the school a lot of us attend to train for vocational ministry. We learn a lot of important things…

The Year I Decided To Do Things I Was Bad At

I have always hated doing things in front of others that I’m not good at. I don’t like looking stupid. I don’t like seeming inadequate. I don’t like failing at things. To avoid any of these possibilities, my strategy for most of my life has been to simply NOT do things where I wouldn’t excel.…

When It’s November and You’re Grieving

When someone is grieving, there are a lot of times that we anticipate being difficult: first birthdays, special occasions, anniversaries of the loss, and, of course, Christmas.  Christmases after the loss of a loved one are forever different. It is hard not to dwell on the empty seat at the table and the gift NOT…