Thought of the Day – May 11, 2016

 “There is NO Perfection in Life, however, when we stay Rooted Deep in the Source of Perfect Love, we Learn, Grow, Blossom and Transform; Not just ourselves but the world around us.”  Blessings to You All!

Beyond Imagining

The Young Armenian Girl, who wrote her very first poem, “The Mild Night” on January 14, 1982, could have never imagined that one day she would live in a peace-filled country and say, “My very first poetry book is being published”. In my wildest dreams these words never appeared. However, today, May 1, 2016, 27 days before the fifth anniversary of my ordination into ministry, I am able to say, “By God’s Grace my very first book of Christmas Poetry, Prayers and Blessings; with full page colour photos taken by Gary and I, will be published in September of this … Read more

An Exciting Moment in Time…

The Festival of Homiletics, is one of my favourite conferences that I attempt to attend each year. This year it is truly a honour to be asked to lead worship with my colleague, The Rev. Anthony Bailey, at Buckhead Theatre, on May 17. Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a rejuvenated return home. May we hear  and see the visions of the Holy One to guide us; and continue the work of \\\”Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change\\\”.    

Listen to the Gentle Spirit…

On Friday, April 8, 2016, out of nowhere something probed me to send out an e-mail to advise our V.I.B.E (Venturing through Biblical Education) Group that our gathering will commence on April 20th, instead of the 13th. A part of me was hesitant to postpone, as I had nothing to prepare for it per se. This year, our first study is a 7-part DVD series on interfaith. We are going to look at different religions of the world and see individual seekers’ journeys. I saw this series and I thought this will be a good way for us to see … Read more

Do what you can, NOT because YOU HAVE TO

Last week I saw an article on Facebook by CJAD (Montreal) that IGA, one of the grocery stores in Quebec, has decided to lower their prices because they felt that the competition is fierce – It was time to be competitive and win over customers. On Thursday, April 7, I called Bell Canada to stop my internet services with them as I was going with another company for different reasons. Bell customer service insisted on finding a way to keep me, even to the point that I was offered a $17.00 monthly discount, over $200 discount per year. When I … Read more

Palm Sunday – Love Conquers All

A day to celebrate Love, to Celebrate the fact that Love conquers all. An exhausting week and Holy Week has not begun yet. Went to church this a.m. and told the secretary that I’d rather be in bed and sleep in. Then, people started knocking on the office door, talking to me, giving hugs and slowly a new energy started to creep out on me. There was Joy in being at the church building and being with the church (the people) all together… Our Palm Sunday processional began and we started singing, “He Comes Riding on a Donkey”. All the … Read more

Are You Plugged In?

It was quite a hectic morning and I was trying to rush out the door for a few appointments – Amazing appointments if I may add. I planned to go and meet a great person who is making me a clerical shirt, have a bowl of soup at the local restaurant, and then meet the principal at the local high school with two teachers to plan a time and date to share my journey of displacement into Canada at the local high school. I was so proud of myself as I had decided to use the slow cooker to get … Read more

Doubly Blessed!

Often the thought has crossed my mind and my mouth has uttered the words, “Serving a One Point Pastoral Charge must be so much easier. Maybe that is why many colleagues I know go from a multi-point charge to a one-point.” That is, until this past Sunday, January 31, 2016. when we officially welcomed three wonderful members to the pastoral charge and celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism – I was walking on cloud nine… At the end of the second worship celebration at Elgin United, while singing the last song, “I Have Called You by Your Name”, I heard a … Read more

Hanging in There…

20160130_164559[1]It has been a busy week. Annual reports, Sunday morning prep for new members, a child’s baptism, pastoral care through visits, phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messenger. I was registered for a full day workshop on Friday the 29th, I withdrew myself, as I realized on Wednesday evening how many things I have to get done before Sunday.

Barely had a day off, and by Saturday afternoon, January 30, around 4 p.m. my head felt full of stuff and I needed fresh air. Thanks to Maya, our Golden Retriever, who was restless and pacing the corridor, I decided to get my coat on and go for a walk. We are so blessed to be living close to the Cataraqui Trail. Got ready and set for a walk.

What a gorgeous afternoon. A little breezy but not frigid. As we start our walk, I started praying for all who are on my mind and in my heart: family, friends, congregants, communities we live in and of course the wider world. Slowly but surely my stuffy head started to open up to the sounds and the presence around me. The crisp snow under my feet gave me the bounce to walk on a cloud and be free from all that is tying me down.

I started to worry a bit about Maya, as she has a sensitive paw and sometimes she cannot stand the cold snow, even though she loves rolling in it and eating it like a slushy. So I started to turn back home. I was quiet and the breeze was becoming audible. I heard rustling, the type that I can hear around Autumn alone. So I stopped and paid attention where it was coming from – all the trees look bare but I found a tree that still had dry leaves on it. The wind was moving it but those leaves were still hanging on to the branches. This is when I had an AHA moment. “It does not matter how dried up we might feel we are still alive and can make our voices heard and touch someone in gentleness”.

I was refreshed, rejuvenated and returned home, only to see my neighbour taking her dog for a walk and we went for another walk with them.

What a joy it is to have peace and be open to our surroundings who are always teaching us a new thing, if we only listen.

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