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The Moon of Winter Time

2019-03-01T09:35:59+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

Translation is an act of hope. We believe that a story can leap between contexts and cultures and from one language into another.  To translate is to trust that truth will travel with you. Let’s begin this Advent journey with translation. And let’s take Jean de Brébeuf as our guide. [...]

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Tatters and Crowns

2019-03-01T10:18:28+00:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , |

These flags hang in our church. You might consider them disrespectful, I suppose.  Even disgraceful. They were once bright, of course, honoured reminders of military courage and duty, and as you can see, they’ve been left to fall away to scraps and dust. But Sunday by Sunday, I am so very [...]

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Isaiah, listening

2019-03-01T10:30:38+00:00November 14th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

I have spent too much time this week reading. There are too many hard stories to read. The American election did not turn out as anyone expected, and fear and anger are filling the public sphere. I have tried to write about fear and about anger. About hope and love [...]

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Transparent

2019-03-12T16:15:41+00:00October 31st, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous, The Messy Table|Tags: , |

It’s evening now and we’ve had the last of the trick-or-treaters. My own kids are safely home, tired, sugared and happy. They were worried about this evening. It wasn’t set to be the best Halloween ever because they inconveniently had choir practise at 6:15 and there could never be [...]

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Rainy Days and Beautiful Ceilings

2019-03-13T16:32:12+00:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday was a rainy day – a kids-off-school, cold-and-drizzly, practically-grim-November rainy kind of day.  None of us could really settle into anything. There was lots of dumping toys out on the floor only to abandon them again and choose something new. There was lots of tidying up. In the [...]

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Inside and Inside

2019-04-04T09:39:21+00:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , |

The end of the Record jostles all sorts of things, smallest of which is my own blogging schedule. The Messy Table has been a good place for me to organize some on my thoughts and archive some of our family landmarks.  Alongside the finished pieces, I have an appropriately [...]

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Bread and Trees

2019-04-04T09:59:28+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes it is the stories that don’t quite fit. The off-balance ones and those that sit in-between. They catch our eye and hold our attention. Like celebrating Thanksgiving with a story about the day after the feast. This coming Sunday, the lectionary points us towards John 6 and a [...]

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Beside the Waters

2019-04-12T15:25:28+00:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

There is something about sitting by the water. It’s timeless and moving. Renewing and still. The paradox settles well with us. We’re creatures of water. Last week BBC Radio broadcast a documentary, by Sir David Attenborough, exploring evidence that our earliest ancestors may have been river people rather than [...]

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