All I want for Christmas is a brand new world.

In the past 24+ hours, it’s felt like Heaven has been downloading a story to my heart. Background music to this story is Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Invincible” and specifically the words: I’m not the same old girl, no. I want a brand new world. (Can you hear her just belting it out? Love that girl. But, […]

Where the Soul resides

Setting up camp here today: Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then. It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self. All things have a home: the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive. A soul without prayer […]

Thin Places by Mary E. DeMuth

Mary DeMuth already had me at her first two paragraphs of Thin Places: A Memoir: “Growing up, I find myself housed in a scrawny sort of body–legs thin as broomsticks, interrupted by knees so knobby they bang into each other when I walk. My doctor makes me drink whole milk so I’ll fatten up. Kids […]

Trading my Journey: Packing for the Downtown Eastside

I’m packing for a weekend in the Downtown Eastside. Tonight around 7pm I’ll be meeting Elizabeth, my radical hostess, at the Great Room on East Hastings. I don’t have too many plans; I just want to spend the weekend in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods, not as tourist or evangelist, but as friend. I want to […]

Five Minutes to Change my World?

Life may be brimming over with experiences, but somewhere, deep inside, all of us carry a vast and fruitful loneliness wherever we go. And sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inward in prayer for five short minutes. -Etty Hillesum From: […]