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A Closed Door

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Within my house there is a door closed for years and years I dared not touch, I dared not think What lies beyond, unclear What mess, what steps, the vast unknown I could not navigate The layers of complexity entwined, just complicates But walk by faith, in God we trust No one ever knows it all And now convinced, discerning since I started walking down the hall To that door now closed so long I now stood face to face Hand on the handle, twist and push It's locked- now it's too late. 

A Letter To A Loved One

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About a month ago, my aunt passed away from her cancer that had returned. It was a season of trial and hardship for all of us as we sought to take care of her as her health declined. I spent much time during this season thinking about how we as Christians are to look at death when we aren't the ones facing it but are the ones watching and left behind; how to mourn and grieve the loss of a loved one.  I wanted to share a letter I wrote to my aunt as a word of encouragement and assurance of the hope we have in Christ.  --- What is our only hope and comfort in life and death?   That is the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism and the answer is as follows,   “That I am not my own, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. he also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father

A Second Go

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The leaves are starting to turn beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. The streets are getting busier with cars, bikes and pedestrians and the big honkin' yellow buses are tell tale signs that school is back. Just like that, my second year of teaching has begun, and it has come with it's own flood of additional stresses. However, I have had the most incredible week. I am simply up and over the moon with how it went.  To give teaching a second go was a refreshing and exciting thought. Just the fact that I had done it once before (regardless of how well it went) was comfortable and there was a sense of familiarity. That being said, I never would have expected it to have gone that well. By the end of the first day, I had totally fallen for my class (as expected). Half the students I already knew, and the other half I had already gotten to know last year. A big shoutout to the 3/4 teacher as her training of the students was fundamental to this class dynamic. Kids were organized

Where is Your Line?

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O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love, in all of sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up for what is right and true.  I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up for basic human rights such as bodily autonomy.  I am calling all people, regardless of their vaccination status to stand up and to guard against coercion and discrimination.  What I am calling you to is no longer about the actual vaccine or the COVID-19 virus. By now, we have all taken the time to consider the benefits and risks of receiving or refusing any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Each person has their own circumstances in which they must discern and make a decision for themselves. If you chose to get vaccinated, that is wonderful! If you didn't, that's also wonderful! But to shame, blame o

June: All Wrapped Up!

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This ball of old, dirty yellow tape perfectly captures the essence of this year.  Social distancing, chaotic mess, and hopefully a different school year in September.  Forty-weeks ago, I was slumped in a chair, hands covering my face as I cried in my dark empty portable that would soon by my own classroom. I felt the immense weight of the upcoming year; the 17 students I would be responsible for, the curriculum and content I was going to have to cover and the uncountable hours I was about to work. Soon after, at the end of my first ever day of teaching I remember hearing the principal exclaim, "only a hundred and something days left until the end of the school year!". And here I am now, with my first year behind me, partially completed in that now familiar portable and partially from my bedroom, during a global health crisis - by God's grace and with His help, I did it!  Everyone has been asking me how the school year went and how these final months have gone - which I

#KidsAsk: "Does God Love Satan?"

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My first year of teaching has been met with countless unexpected questions, situations and circumstances - be it COVID protocols, navigating zoom learning, or the facets of teaching a Grade 5/6 class I wasn't prepared for (ex. all the social drama). However, one of the most interesting parts has been the array of questions I am asked during our Bible class. This is the first post of a series where I'll share what's been asked and give my initial thoughts on it. By no means are they final, and it is meant to be open-ended, so if you have some insights, please feel free to chime in! This past week I was asked, "does God love Satan?" More often than not, these questions come out of nowhere and are usually irrelevant to the discussion we were having in class. The logic behind this fifth grader's question was "if the Bible tells us to love our enemies, and Satan is an enemy of God, then does God love Satan?". I have never had to think of this idea from th

To Be Called

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I've joined a small group of guys to study the book of Ephesians together and even after our first zoom meeting, it has been such a blessing to gather around the word, and have people to dialogue with rather than trying to always navigate or figure it out in my head alone. The church is the body of Christ, meant to be in fellowship with one another, sharpening and pointing one another back to God through his Word. One of our discussion questions really caught my eye this week - What does it mean to be called by God?  The doctrine of election continues to be highlighted more and more to me as I read through God's Word. Ephesians 1:4-5 says that before the foundation of the world, God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in v. 18, Paul prays that we may know the hope to which he has called you. Romans 8:30 says that those he predestined, he also called ; those he called, he justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 1 Peter 2 tells us that we a