Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Your First Step

Your First Step

March 25, 2019

March 24, 2019 | Ruthlessness: the one uncompromising rule of gardening – pruning, chopping, weeding, deadheading, dividing, removing the weak and sick, throwing away the plants that inhibit or crowd the others. Out go the plants that don’t produce fruit or function as a helpful neighbour to another plant. Out go plants that do not offer beauty or scent or pleasure or visual interest.

In Jesus’ parable the owner of the garden observes a barren fig tree. Reasonably, he orders it yanked out. But the gardener suggests that the owner give the fig another year. In the meantime he’ll break up the hard earth, aerating the ground around it so the roots can breathe and drink and take in nourishment. He’ll put manure around it, that golden substance which is the very ground of life and fertility – changing the very soil nurturing the fig tree.

So could it be that we are called to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us–our time, our talent, and our resources? That God expects us to be fruitful to the best of our abilities? Sure, we will have times and seasons when we are less than fruitful in our ministry, mission, worship, and generosity. Even plants and trees have fallow seasons or “manure years” during which they rest and replenish.

Lent offers the time of aerating the soil and adding humble manure. Lent is a time of taking care of things, while being taken care of.

Staying the Course

Staying the Course

March 19, 2019

March 17, 2019 | In the gospel reading that we hear this week, Jesus is warned that his life is in danger. This certainly is not news to him. Herod is out to get him. Yet, Jesus continues to care for and teach those who are with him. He must follow his vocation and in following it to seek salvation, he finds his strength. His life gains perspective. This is all part of God’s story of salvation.

In his book born of the Nazi concentration camps, Viktor Frankl quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how’.” Jesus’ sense of purpose, his vocational sense, enabled him to face his fear of suffering and abandonment, trusting that his life had meaning and that God’s purposes for him were more enduring that Herod’s hatred.

May we have what it takes to not be afraid and the courage to respond with hope to the struggles of each new day.

Wilderness Struggle

Wilderness Struggle

March 12, 2019

March 10, 2019 | Every year, at the beginning of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus and his forty days in the wilderness. This was certainly not a friendly place to be. Look at the picture shared here of Qumran, it will give you a sense of what Jesus had to endure. Tall cliffs of sandy rock, dusty and dry. The kind that leaves you covered from head to toe in ashy dirt. You would also find scrubby trees and brief patches of prickly grass, cement-like clumps of hardened clay and boulders of every size. This is where Jesus went to fast and pray at the beginning of his ministry. 

It was here in the desert wilderness that Jesus faced what may have been the greatest temptations of his life. Can you think of 'wilderness' times in your own life where you have managed not to give in to despair or to the sorts of temptations which Jesus withstood?

Transfiguration Sunday With Guest Speaker Dianne Smith

Transfiguration Sunday With Guest Speaker Dianne Smith

March 4, 2019

March 3, 2009 | What can we do on this last Sunday of Epiphany when the Christmas lights are put away, the choir no longer sings the carols and the star of the magi has vanished?

We can come into God’s presence seeking the light of renewal.

What can we do on this last Sunday of Epiphany when our skies are mostly grey and we ourselves feel stuck in a rut and in need of a vacation?

We can come into God’s presence seeking the light of renewal.

What can we do on this last Sunday of Epiphany if we have forgotten the message of Christmas, our gifts have lost their newness and spring is far away?

We can come into God’s presence seeking the light of renewal.

Celebrate God’s Presence through Prayer.

Dianne Smith

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