Updated: Nov 17, 2020
The dusting of snow reminds us of cool temperatures, we've turned the heat on, found our winter gear and tried on our hockey equipment. Somehow October just flew by and we begin the countdown toward the end of the year.
And a year it has been.
...And will continue to be.
With outbreaks of covid in a few hospitals across the province, we are waiting to see what impact this will have on our regional centers, as the city ICUs begin to reach capacity. It seems that what we've prepared for in spring could be coming, especially as flu season approaches.
I'm grateful for the time we've had to prepare. I'm grateful for my team in the ER. I'm grateful for hope we have in Christ, that when a situation seems out of control in the world's eyes, nothing happens outside of His hand.
When I wrote this week about being a light, I didn't expect these changes to happen, or anticipate what this year could yet hold. It's the purpose we enter the day with, and intentionally press forward in; to carry the light of the world into our world, because "You Lord, keep my lamp burning, my God turns my darkness into light" (Psalm 18:28).
Where can you shine the Light today?
(This week on the blog: The Job We’ve Been Given To Do)
Here's a few articles I found this week, hope you enjoy!
"The last 60 days of the year.Good things can still be birthed." An encouragement from Ann Voskamp to hold onto hope as this unprecedented year winds downs.
"these pastors took seriously their call to disciple their congregations and saw the death of a child as an opportunity to call their people to deeper trust and intimacy with God."
"When my older kids are away at college, I look forward to their return so they can once again plunk themselves onto the couch with us and join in to this simple but sweet time." A reflection from Tim Challies about the role of family devotions.
"Turning from a ‘me first’ attitude begins with addressing our selfish tendency to put our own needs above those of our spouse. If we are to experience any change in our hearts, God, by his Spirit, must grant us a desire to let Christ shape our marriage through his Word."
"[Our kids are] told that having the courage to follow your feelings and live out your own story is the way to find happiness. The problem with this is that it’s based on a lie." Here are 4 truths she presents to combat the lie.
"One of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses simply declares, “The Church’s true treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” That alone is the meaning of Reformation Day"
Becoming a parent in the African bush, there were some unique challenges, but many are common for us all. Here's a reflection of what I've learned.