Ponderings of a daughter

“My brother’s keeper” FEBRUARY 16, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” ~Genesis 4:9 “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Am I responsible for my brother? Is my brother (or sister) really my responsibility, or can I just worry about caring…

Ponderings of a daughter

An apple FEBRUARY 15, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. ~Genesis 3:6 An apple.…

Ponderings of a daughter

“Even now” FEBRUARY 14, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.…

Ponderings of a daughter

Down the mountain FEBRUARY 11, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER A sermon I shared with two congregations this morning… Let me start with a story. Several years ago, once both me and my younger brother had finished school, my parents discovered a new level of freedom, the freedom that came with the realization that we were old enough to…

Ponderings of a daughter

Authority and confidence JANUARY 31, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER A sermon I shared a few days ago… Think back to when you were in school, be that 10, 20, 50 or 60 years ago. Do any particular teachers flash back in your memory? What is it about them that you remember? The first memory that I had pop…

Ponderings of a daughter

“It counts the most because I know you the most” JANUARY 23, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER “Because I’m your mom it counts the most because I know you the most.” ~Auggie’s mum “I know you don’t always like it but I love it. It’s my son’s face. I want to see it.” ~Auggie’s dad Today I watched the movie Wonder,…

Ponderings of a daughter

God sends you by name JANUARY 21, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER A sermon shared with my congregation tonight… In Mark 1:14-20, Jesus walks beside the Sea of Galilee and calls his first disciples, Simon, Andrew, James and John. (This Simon would later have his name changed to Simon Peter, or just Peter.) Verse 17 says, “Come, follow me,” Jesus…

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The Line Where the Sky Meets the Sea JANUARY 20, 2018 / PONDERINGSOFADAUGHTER Think about that idea of ‘the line where the sky meets the sea’. You might be able to see it and point in its direction, but you can never quite define its exact location. And if you were to start traveling towards it, it would…

Ponderings of a daughter

When God asked Mary December 23, 2017 / ponderingsofadaughter The angel Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God! God is calling you and has…

Ponderings of a daughter

“Today I felt mocked” December 29, 2017 / ponderingsofadaughter I wrote the following as a private reflection several months ago… Today I felt mocked for being someone who doesn’t like attention. Today I made the mistake of choosing to allow someone else to speak because I knew they could do a better job than me (and…