Meditations

Enjoy reading these thought-provoking and often humorous meditations about living a life of faith, facing life’s challenges and looking at the world around us with curiosity and wonder. Contributions come from our ministry personnel and members of the congregation. 

 


 

Epiphany Meditation by Florence Niven

As we explore the theme of Epiphany, I invite you to consider not only the significance of light, but also that of its companion - darkness. Darkness is often thought of as something to fear, thanks to more than a few fairy tales and bible stories, and pandemics. But without darkness we would not be able to fully appreciate the light. Both darkness and light offer valuable lessons. There’s no ...
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Advent Meditation by Florence Niven

[Click the button below to see this poem with its intended formatting] Beyond the anxiety, beyond the isolation, beyond the restrictions – to gather, to celebrate, to grieve… Hope resides. Hope lives in the quiet spaces. In wish-filled longings, and fervent prayers. Between imagination and possibility. Hope resides, because a Child was born. Beyond broken promises, broken systems, broken policies - that demoralize, dehumanize, and demonize… Peace resides. Peace lives ...
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Meditation on Hope – by Linda Delve

[Presented, virtually, to Spirit Sisters, a women’s group at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church, on December 9, 2020; Stage directions included] ______________________ A gift! [Show a wrapped package] How wonderful! I asked Santa for Louise Penny’s newest mystery novel. I wonder . . . [look under gift; shake gift; smell gift; feel gift] I hope I get what I asked for. Am I hoping for too much? Hmmm! Well, whatever ...
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The Advent Token – by Florence Niven

It was a simple idea. One my sister, the organist at a United Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick, told me about. The minister had asked the congregation to consider wearing something special for the first Sunday of Advent. A token of some sort. Something to remind them of a loved one they wouldn’t be seeing over the holidays. A bracelet or scarf, perhaps. A hand knit sweater, or hockey jersey ...
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Choosing Faith Over Fear – by Florence Niven

– Spirit Sisters meditation, October 2020 A few years ago I experienced a painful tingling sensation across the middle of my back. I assumed – because of my extensive television medical knowledge – it was shingles, even though I saw no evidence of a rash. After an examination, my doctor told me that, sometimes, when we’re under a great deal of stress – which I was at the time – ...
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Simple Pleasures – by Florence Niven

Autocorrect was write. I mean, right. At the end of summer, a friend emailed to tell me she was busy canning all the fruits and veggies of her labour. I replied, “Sounds like you’re heavily ensconced in the work of your garden.” Autocorrect jumped in – as autocorrect does - with an unsolicited correction. Changing my comment to ‘heavenly’ ensconced. In this case, autocorrect was right. The tasks of preparing ...
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