“Don’t Talk to Strangers”: Hostility or Hospitality?

Laura VanDyke Thoughts for the Week

Every year during the flurry of Halloween preparations, it strikes me how unusual this event is. For one night of the year, people open their homes to strangers, cheerfully welcoming them with candy and a type of hospitality that is almost extinct in today’s world. Children, who have had the maxim “don’t talk to strangers” drilled into them by well-intentioned …

And it was very good…

ggunnink Thoughts for the Week

By now, many of us have eaten our fill of the fresh blueberries available in great bounty this summer, and have feasted on the fruit hanging heavily on the blackberry bushes around town. Throughout the summer, we have also enjoyed a wide variety of fresh vegetables, and look forward to more in the fall.

Life after Death

Pastor Theo Lodder Thoughts for the Week

If there’s one thing that the reading the news does for us, it certainly reminds us not to take our life and safety for granted. Who of us knows when our life will be endangered, or when we will draw our last breath? One of the Psalms of David states: “As for man, his days are like grass. He flourishes like …

2016 Calendar

Calendars

Sarah Vandergugten Thoughts for the Week

By now, most of us have become accustomed to the new year. We usually remember to write the proper date on our cheques and appointment calendars. Businesses generously distributed calendars to valued customers, and those calendars grace the walls of offices, classrooms, and kitchens, hanging at the ready to record important meetings, dinners and other events. This year I have …

What Do You Need?

Jan Broersma Thoughts for the Week

Just in case we didn’t buy enough and receive enough during the holiday season… there are the January sales! At this time of year, many of us are mall-weary, and unhappily facing December’s aftermath in the form of our credit card bills. Yet, the stores are doing what they can to lure us back, and many of us are biting. …

Vimy Ridge Monument backlit by the setting sun

The Greatest Love

adam Thoughts for the Week

Our media-driven culture is dominated by the worship of heroes and super-heroes. True, heroes have sometimes affected the outcome of events in history. By emphasizing only the greatness of the hero and the value of his or her contribution, we miss something important. We miss the role of the ordinary man. This is especially sad and unfair on Remembrance Day …

Someone to Thank

Pastor Theo Lodder Thoughts for the Week

What do you like most about Thanksgiving? Getting together with family and friends for turkey dinner? Enjoying one last camping trip? Just having an extra day off? Whatever it is you enjoy about Thanksgiving, you’re sure to hear, read, or share reflections about some of the finest and most enjoyable things in life—things that are worth being thankful for. Usually …