I’m Not Counting My Blessings

I’m Not Counting My Blessings

I am not counting blessings this Thanksgiving. I usually do. Most Octobers I sit down and list the good things in my life (count your blessings, name them one by one). It is a good exercise (and a mediocre song), but it’s not working for me like it used to. As the years go by my list of struggles is just a long as my list of blessings and, to be quite honest, feels more real. Focusing on blessings seemed a bit too forced, so I took a new route to gratitude’s door this year. I began by listing the

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Vanier on the Nature of love

This summer I’ve been savoring Jean Vanier‘s book, “Life’s Greatest Questions.”  It is an easy and profound read made potent by Vanier’s life story. Jean Vanier is founder of two international community-based organizations, L’ Arche and Faith & Light, that exist for people with mental disabilities.  Hundreds of these communities exist throughout the world and they have been called “living laboratories of human transformation.” For many decades he has championed the cause of the poor and the weak in our world. He is one Canada’s most celebrated philosophers and humanitarians. I spend a lot of time reading the best writers

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Janette Mack Speirs 1943-2016

Some reflections I was able to share at Janette’s Celebration of Life. —- Today it is not only family and friends that celebrate Janette. Today the God that she believed in celebrates her as well. For indeed, He has celebrated her in a way far deeper, and for far longer than any of us.  Come along, shift your inner eye, and together let’s consider how God viewed Janette. … For one thing, God celebrated Janette before she was born. What the Psalmist understood about himself we understand about Janette. To adapt Psalm 139:13-16 God created her inmost being; He knit

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Choose Hope (glimpses that keep us going)

It was a wonder-full moment. Our family of six sat around the kitchen table playing a board game. I can’t recall the context, but part way through the game someone spoke just the right words, at just the right moment, and we burst into laughter. All of us at once just started cracking up and the room seemed to explode with joy! My mind freeze-framed the image – glee on the face of my 10-year-old daughter; head-back laughter bursting from a sullen teenager; delight erupting in a shriek from the 8 year-old; my wife of 23 years giggling like a

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