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How do you spell “love?” said Piglet. You don’t spell it … you feel it, said Pooh. There’s a lot of wisdom in A.A. Milne’s stories of the Hundred Acre Wood. And, right here, some really good Jesusing. That’s the word I’m trying to coin for being like Jesus. Jesus...

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You Already Are

You are salt and light. You, a child of God, are salt to season the world around you and light to illuminate life. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not. You are. Not just because I say so. Jesus says so, right near the beginning of what we’ve called...

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You Are Blessed

You are blessed. You, a child of God, are blessed. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not. You are. Not just because I say so. Jesus says so. I think that’s part of what that passage in Matthew we call The Beatitudes is all about. Matthew says that a...

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Lighting Our Own Universe

Great Canadian hero Chris Hadfield’s a retired astronaut who, among other things, commanded missions to space, helped build the Canadarm on the International Space Station, commanded the ISS and walked in space. First Canadian to do most of those and certainly the first person to record an album in space,...

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This Could Be Just What You’re Looking For

So, here we are in the season of Epiphany. The stories we hear about Jesus, if you’re following the season, are about revealing who Jesus is and what he’s about. One of those is how Jesus acquires the first disciples. I feel the need to say “acquires” because, while we’re...

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I Have a Lot of Questions About Magi

The world could sure use a few magi right now. We seem to have an over abundance of Herods and Ceasars. And I think we’re good with Chief Priests and Scribes. But where are the magi? It’s not that I don’t believe that they’re here. Somewhere. In fact, I’m pretty...

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Not One Day, But Every Day

Well, that’s that. Christmas is over. On to the New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t seem to last any longer than Christmas. People have taken their decorations down and stores have their Valentine’s Day stuff out. And that’s fair, I guess. The first part, anyway. Let’s move on, it’s a new...

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Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

For all the debate about how early you can put Christmas decorations up, it doesn’t take long for them to come down. I wonder if that isn’t part of how we tell the story: it’s a lot of build up to one moment on one night when everyone’s there, just...

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Fear Not: For, Behold, I Bring You Good Tidings

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And yet. For many people, this is anything but “the very best time of the year.” Even a cursory scan through the news will give you more than a few reasons why. The economy’s struggling, there’s unemployment, there’s environment issues, violence and...

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What Are You Expecting?

This whole ”expectation” thing in Advent is tricky, isn’t it? We even have a hymn for that: “Come, thou long expected Jesus.” It’s on old time classic by Charles Wesley, but we don’t sing it that often anymore. People expect something more contemporary. It’s best to be prepared for it,...

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