Three vital elements of Passover
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by P R
3M ago
The dramatic events of the original Passover had life and death significance for the generation that God rescued from Egypt. They are also tremendously powerful for us today.  This original Passover pointed forward to another momentous Passover in Jerusalem that would take place 1,500 years later in the life of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah. During Passover, we remember how God visited Israel in Egypt and delivered them from slavery.  God revealed Himself to Moses at the burning bush and sent him back to Egypt to bring the Israelites out.  Pharoah would not listen, so God sent ten p ..read more
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Sanctity of life: A place called home
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by P R
3M ago
One of the most basic human needs is a home. A home is the place where you eat, drink, interact, socialize, and sleep. It is a place for relationship building and growth. A home satisfies our need for safety, security, belonging and connectedness. Women facing an unintended pregnancy need a place to call home.  The Crisis Pregnancy Centres (CPC) of Vancouver and Burnaby have served many women this past year who were either homeless, in a shelter, or in unstable housing situations. Their primary need for bringing a baby into a safe and healthy environment is appropriate housing solutions ..read more
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Saying no to judgemental divisiveness
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by Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird
3M ago
Many of us are grateful that COVID regulations, mandates, and lockdowns have largely been eliminated or lessened. In the past two difficult years, it was easy to slip into harsh judgementalism towards those who had different ways of navigating this strange pandemic.  Even local churches have had to fight against the temptation to judgemental divisiveness over one’s vaccine status. We know of families who are still not speaking because they intensely disagreed on this issue. What might happen if we stopped judging each other on this difficult topic? Perhaps the best known and most misunder ..read more
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Last Christmas, I was alone with Jesus, and Jesus was enough
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by Dorothy Lowrie
3M ago
Last Christmas, I was alone with Jesus.  I celebrated the day of His birth with Him. And Jesus was enough. Since my family were away and I chose not to travel, I had intended to share Christmas dinner with a friend and her husband and daughter. Unfortunately, her husband became ill and my friend had to cancel. I know she felt badly and if I had wanted to, I probably could have called up another friend and wangled an invitation. Instead, I decided to plan to spend a joyful day on my own.  My approach to being alone for Christmas Day was very important. I spent time being thankful to G ..read more
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Indigenous Voice: There are two sides to every story
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by Steve Almond
3M ago
One thing I’ve learned in life is that when you’re listening to someone tell a story of some injustice, or hardship, there are always two sides to every story. As I was growing up, my adopted family treated me like one of their own, I always felt accepted and loved as I was growing up. Every once in a while, somebody would look at me different, or treat me different when they’d discover I was Indigenous. But all in all, I always felt like I belonged. Sometimes it wasn’t until years later that I discovered someone looked down on me because of being Indigenous. In those situations, I was glad I ..read more
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How’s your mom doing?
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by Laureen F. Guenther
3M ago
When someone asks, “How’s your mom doing?” I usually stumble through a reply. Sometimes I shrug and say, “She’s about the same.” Yet that’s not exactly true. My mom is slowly, gradually declining. My mom has dementia. Yet even though the question is hard to answer, I’m grateful when people ask. I need to know that Mom still matters to my friends, as she matters to me, and as I believe she matters to the world. And I need the support of friends who understand that my mom’s journey has put me on a journey too. Considering that, every year, approximately 76,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dement ..read more
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A mother’s love that never gives up
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by Lilianne Fuller
3M ago
As Pokay Say looked into the face of her newborn baby, she was filled with joy. Ayla would be her 13th child. Pokay was 45 years old when she conceived, and the doctor was concerned there might be complications. Pokay was advised that the pregnancy should be terminated. But she vowed that she would have this child and raise it no matter what. Now looking into her baby’s sleeping face, she knew that everything she had endured was worth it. “There was never a question that I would give up on her,” said Pokay.  Pokay was born on a farm in Burma, one of six siblings who, with their parents ra ..read more
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The children of adoption
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by Doug Chalke
3M ago
November is Adoption Awareness Month. It is aptly named and provides a focus for everyone involved in adoption to reflect on how they are affected by it and the role they play. This includes the government, the children of adoption, families who have been created by adoption over the years, birth parents, licensed adoption agencies, prospective adopting parents, associations of adopting parents, and social workers. When Light Magazine asked me if I would write about my reflections on Adoption Awareness Month, I decided to focus on the children being adopted. My thoughts have been impacted by m ..read more
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