Reflections On The Christmas Season At Bethesda

The decorations have been stowed away. Carols have long been silenced on the airwaves-as early as the day after Christmas. Life is back to “normal” after the hectic Christmas season of hosting and attending parties, shopping, decorating and visiting etc.,. A look back at the activities in the congregation during December will show that we…

Living Fully

Time marches on in its inexorable way.  And a new year is with us. Occasions such as a new year or anniversary usually stir our minds into reflective moods.  Our reflections turn to thoughts of time, life and our mortality.  Questions on life; its meaning, purpose, expectations, hopes, fears tug at our minds. Even as…

T’is The Season Of Giving

It is often said, and justifiably so, that Christmas is the season of giving. There is something about the spirit and mood of Christmas that inspire generosity. Even predisposed scrooges dig a little deeper into their pockets to share with others, even strangers. It should not surprise anyone that Christmas should have this kind of…

Fall Leaves

Growing up in Guyana we became acquainted with the season of autumn through the British education system. Autumn is called fall in North America, for obvious reasons. Called by any name it is beyond debate that it is a most beautiful season, some would say the most beautiful one. Many things make fall the beautiful…

Changing Seasons

There are many good things to say about having the four seasons. As Alice said when we first came to Canada, “I love the seasons. They are like renewals. Each season is different and there is excitement in anticipating and preparing for the start of each new season – even winter.   On the back side…

New Life

Spring is associated with new life. After the long, cold, grey sleep of winter, everything springs to life again. Bird could be heard early in the morning welcoming the new day, with their concerts of sweet and varies melodies. The grass is quickly exchanging their brown appearance for green. And of course flowers are beginning…

Seizing Opportunities

Auspicious moments are opportune times for reflection. Numbered among such moments are anniversaries of birth or marriage. In the case of a nation it may be anniversaries of significant events such as Independence or some defining event in its history. Of Course the beginning of a new year is especially opportune for engaging in sober…

Stewardship

Say stewardship in the church and many people automatically think money. Stewardship is about money – but it is significantly more than just about money. The association of money primarily with stewardship has done a great disservice to this rich biblical concept. This association is perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the church…

The Reformation—History, Our Story

Every year as October comes around it seems almost natural for Lutherans to let their minds turn to thoughts of the Reformation. Though the Reformation did not begin and end with Martin Luther, nor was he the only reformer, his is the figure that stands out when one thinks of the Reformation. This is especially…

Summer Ramblings

It is Friday and according to the weather experts, the warmest day of the summer so far. I am sitting under our gazebo. The sun is shining in all its glory. The weather is warm. I am enjoying a cool breeze. The breeze sets the trees in perpetual motion. The leaves create a pleasant rustling…