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. 

 


 

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Lessons Learned by Kathy Thomas

My back porch sits forlornly empty for yet another year. Here we are: the middle of June, and that porch should be filled with the laughter and fellowship of Spirit Sisters. The hammock sways listlessly and empty in the breeze. Over this past year and beyond, we have continued to faithfully meet as Spirit Sisters, if only virtually. What does this say about our little group? Maybe it says that ...
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Signs of Renewal by Tysie Mitchell

All around us these April days we see signs of renewal. At no other time, in our Canadian calendar, are we so aware of the colours of new life, than after five months of a landscape of white, black, brown and grey. Now, lawns are greening. A blue haze on last year’s dead grass, becomes a carpet of tiny blue scilla. Daffodils nod their lovely yellow heads atop new growth ...
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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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