Soul Care

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Growing up, my neighbor lived on a gradual hill (with very sparse grass).  We loved digging a small depression (a bowl, so-to-speak) in the soil at the top of the hill, bringing over the garden hose, and filling the bowl with water.  After filling the bowl, we would slow the flow of water to a […]

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  I feel like I’m swimming in the dark. On a moonless night, my frail arms and legs thrash about in black despair. I can’t see where I’m going or where I’ve been. I can’t see the danger lurking beneath the surface, but I know it’s there. I am terrified of losing what little independence […]

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“…because there was no guest room available for them.”  Luke 2:7b   It was just two weeks before Christmas Day and we had just gotten home from Wednesday night church activities. I was yelling up the stairs to my youngest to get her teeth brushed and get into bed, when the doorbell rang.  My oldest […]

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”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or dismayed and do not be afraid.”John 14:27 This entry is for women.  Or anyone who dearly loves a woman. Christmas is not an easy season for […]

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If you are reading this, it means that you are connected, in some way, to VantagePoint3.  Very few of you have just “stumbled  upon” this blog and website.  (If that is the case for you, keep reading because I don’t believe in “coincidence”).  Most likely, then, you are well aware of the impact VantagePoint3 processes have […]

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G.K. Chesterton wrote, “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”  A grateful heart seems to be a door that lets us in on a host of other human experiences: generosity and love and reconciliation and forgiveness and freedom and laughter. Gratitude makes our ears to […]

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Over the past number of years I have had the privilege of spending time with pastors, staffs and sharp lay leaders discussing how the VP3 processes have created a good sort of stirring.  The amount of consistent lives changed has cued them to scootch up to their balcony to get a broader perspective of what […]

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I have recently found myself pondering a good bit the psalmist words, “The Lord…my shepherd…makes me lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:1-2). My son Elliott is 7 ½ months old. Sarah and I have become well acquainted with the daily mystery of putting Elliott down for the night or for a nap. Over the past […]

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Ephesians 4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” What exactly does that mean?  That verse has been resonating in my heart since this summer.  That verse, along with John 10:10 (“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; […]

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I am reminded again this December through the person of Jesus Christ that life is fundamentally gift. The incarnation as theologians put it; or more simply said, “When God gives a gift, he wraps it in the form of a person” (William Lane). God’s grace comes to us freely and abundantly in a person, a […]

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November 20, 2012

Pause

When the Thanksgiving holiday came around in Canada, which was usually the second weekend in October, I saw it primarily as a long weekend.  In order of importance were:  a day off school and eventually work, one extra night to stay up late and an extra morning to sleep in, for-sure church attendance that Sunday […]

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We live such busy, lonely, and anxious lives. But we long to know God more deeply. The psalmist writes, “As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2). St. Augustine famously writes in his Confessions – “You stir […]

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