Message from Kairos for Christmas 2014

KAIROS Canada unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights.

A message from Kairos this Christmas.

December 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Shakespeare Had it Right

This morning I posted over at Canadian Writers Who Are Christian as I usually do once a month. Here it is:

In his time, William Shakespeare knew a thing or two about the stage, but curiously, a thing or two about life as well. He wrote:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

You may not think you’re on a stage, but really you are. While you might not be acting to earn your wages, people still watch what you do, how you behave.

Think of all the people who have been part of your life for a short or long time. Friends who seemed to disappear from your circle when they moved away or when life circumstances changed for one of you and you were no longer able to spend time together. Or a friend died and you seemed cut off from the family since you were merely a friend and not family. Many exits and entrances indeed. 

Read more here.

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May God give you much peace and joy this season in the middle of wherever you find yourself.

December 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Advent Means the Coming

Today— November 30th— is the first day of Advent, a season in the Christian church year that begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means “the coming” (Latin, adventus, arrival), according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, or “Second Coming” of Christ. The third meaning refers to an important person or thing.

Advent, in the western Christian world, begins usually the last Sunday in November and “counts down” the days until Christmas, not with chocolate and mini toys, but pieces of the story.

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Advent represents the long wait that people had in biblical times for the Saviour’s coming, which our church marks in those four Sundays. Advent calendars come in  a wide variety of forms and designs, but the original, I believe, would have had a Bible verse or part of the story that precedes the birth of Christ, behind little windows that a child can open to read the store, one piece at a time. The original intent was in learning the story and counting the “sleeps” until Christmas, since small children’s time concepts are different than that of an adult.

In a different fashion, the Advent wreath marks those four Sundays from the end of November to Christmas. We light one candle at a time and ponder the wait that people had in dark times, reminding us of the light that Jesus represents for us.

In my primary Sunday School class last week, just a bit ahead of the season, we talked about how a person shares good news and what it means to receive good news. I told the story about John the Baptist in the wilderness (Mark 1:1-8) spreading the news of Christ’s coming and reminding people to get ready for him. We also considered what would be good news of people of Jesus’ time as well as in our own lives.

Over the Advent season, I’ll share occasional glimpses of the story unfolding. So watch for it.

Here’s another image you can share with a child from All Saints Press. Or find one in a store and post it at home and mark the days and the story that unfolded that long-ago time that we still celebrate today.

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November 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Psychology about shopping– and it’s time to shop

Since people are shopping and planning for Christmas, this might be a good time to share this article that Cathy Mendler, fellow newsletter writer, put up this week. It’s not her article but she too was looking for a way to help her readers get organized. She is an organizer, after all.

These science-backed secrets reveal why and how you spend, to help you become a more mindful shopper; this is the subtitle of Lauren Gelman‘s article.

 

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My mother, after all, taught me a few tricks about shopping, one being don’t take your children shopping (except if they have to try on shoes, perhaps); and I’ve learned since that grocery shopping on an empty stomach may be one of the worst enemies of someone trying to mind their food intake (thanks to Weight Watchers for this tip). I’m sure I can come up with more than the attraction of holiday music and the store that’s been decorated since Halloween. Those who work in malls may be very tired of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” even before Christmas Eve arrives, at least that’s what my daughter said when she worked retail over the holidays.

Now if you’re just going to have coffee with a friend and you’ve got your shopping done, you can listen to the holiday music as much as you want or tune out the music while catching up.

Read more of Gelman’s article here: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/psychology-tricks-spend-less-shopping/#ixzz3JkvezptE

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Perhaps this article will help you keep your sanity and enjoy Christmas, because it’s not just about the  gifts you get. There really is more to it. More about that in an upcoming post.

 

November 22, 2014 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

Creativity in Us–Canadian Writers Who Are Christian

On the weekend I spent an enjoyable day with two friends at “Christmas in Paris”—an event we had never attended before.

I’d heard about it and decided it would make a good day trip. Doris and Amanda’s schedules were free and so we set out Saturday morning for Paris (Ontario, that is). Driving country roads instead of main highways, we watched the panorama of trees with coloured leaves, many still on the tree and the ground carpeted with more.

To read more, go here.

 

Stay around a little longer and read the posts of other Canadian Christian authors. You’ll be entertained, enlightened and uplifted.

 

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November 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Thanks Giving–Canadian Writers Who Are Christian

Today I posted over at Canadian Writers Who Are Christian.

When was the last time you were told to give thanks? Could you do it when you’re going through some challenging times?

I’ve struggled with this countless times, because, being human, I can always think of the negative and struggle to find the positive. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, I read, “Rejoice always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances.” I struggle with that, even when there’s good stuff happening in the middle of overwhelming tension, and I anticipate and await the outcome or the next big thing, just as in our recent experience.

Read more here.

Carolyn Wilker is a member of  The Editors’ Association of Canada,The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship, The Baden Storytellers’ Guild and Toastmasters International. http://www.carolynwilker.ca

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October 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

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patience Waiting makes us exercise patience. What or who made you wait today? Perhaps it was waiting for your children to get dressed for the day, to come to breakfast, to tidy up toys. Or it may have been waiting on someone who is recovering from illness or injury. Waiting on a bus, waiting on a park bench, or waiting, like the boy in the picture, for the birds to come and eat the treat you left for them.

 

Jeff Goins writes in  The In-Between:

Our journey is full of rest stops…that signal the arrival of things we anticipate. Sometimes, they’re worth the wait.

 

 

Love is patient, love is kind…  (1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV)

October 5, 2014 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

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