Christmas


December

December

December, you cradle my spirit and capture my imagination, you hold a lifetime of memories, as you descend to the darkest day of the year.

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year is a seven-book series that draws from the rich tradition of the Christian calendar to provide thoughtful reflections, poetry, and music that help the reader experience the rhythms of the liturgical seasons.

Returning home from Christmas in Nova Scotia

Returning home from Christmas in Nova Scotia

Christmas is a lot of work and energy - the food, gifts, decorations. And for our family, scattered as we are across eastern Canada, Christmas also means hosting out-of-town family. Though I've enjoyed hosting Christmas in previous years, this year going to my parents was an incredible gift.

Christmas for Solstice

Christmas for Solstice

What I do hope with all my heart, is that you experience love, light, and connection this season, through some ritual or practice, as a reminder of your identity, value, and meaning as a human.

I'm not doing Advent this year

I'm not doing Advent this year

We long for a rescue, for the arrival, but what if that reality is already here? What if the rescue is knowing God, not outside of the shitty stable, but right in it? Not in the resolution of the hard thing, but in the experience of it?

All the time there is

All the time there is

The New Year as a time to start fresh, get life in order, whatever else you hoped to achieve, is an arbitrary date.

Christmas Stories: Celebrations

Christmas Stories: Celebrations

It was an eight day trip: two very full driving days and six days with family. My brother's family, my parents, and our family - the Toews/Tougas clan were all together for a few days.