This morning we wake up heart broken with all the sobering news about the people who fell victim to the senseless violence that occurred yesterday. We never really think that this could happen in our city, where for the most part we feel safe walking down the street. What breaks my heart the most is that this has shaken our foundation of what we rely on for safety and for a long time we will all look over our shoulders just in case. It is so sad when hate and violence prevail and life is lost. I know this happens all over the globe on a wide scale and we rarely talk about it, I guess it hits close to home when it happens in your own city, in our own space, somewhere that we consider safe. On some level our city will never be the same after this tragedy but at the same time we, Torontonians are pretty resilient and love will prevail! Let’s hold each other close, show each other kindness, and love hard! Love to all...
Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions—the lessons on #love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.
I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-#compassion and embrace my own imperfections.
We will practice #courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our home for both.
We will teach you #compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be #family values, as well as family practices.
You will learn accountability and #respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.
I want you to know #joy, so together we will practice gratitude.
I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will cry and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will #laugh and sing and #dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you.
Cap-Aux-Oies or Cape Geese if you prefer (but I’m pretty sure there is no english name for this spot) | There is some days like this one in Charlevoix. It was my first visit to this specific place, I can’t wait to go back in summer
The face of a relieved, exhausted and contemplative fella who just finished his degree.
On reflection of the last three years, I’d say, I’ve learned a lot and questioned more. Studying theology, the thing I’ve built my life upon, has brought incredible challenges with equal opportunities. My faith in God has been a trajectory of highs and lows; streams and deserts; questions and encounters. But development is something I don’t think I can deny. At times, God has acted explicitly, but more often than not, He’s been moving silently. And it was in those silences, in those desert-places and in those questions that I’ve experienced the greatest development. I’ve learned that it’s so okay to question. That questions don’t necessarily lead to answers, but to opportunity. Opportunity to know God better, opportunity to prioritise better, opportunity to allow the incomprehensibility of God be an answer in and of itself. As a thinker; a natural skeptic, I’ve learned to be okay with being skeptical about certain elements of Scripture and life and faith, whilst maintaining that my skepticism doesn’t lead to cynicism. That can be a tough line to decipher, but I’ve become okay with doubting God’s apparent or non-apparent will for my life, whilst learning not to doubt that He’s good; that He’s faithful. And that, for me, is where I’ve come to life in the last three years. I’ve learned to question God in the heartbreak, the silence and the desert-places of my life and those questions haven’t only led to answers (if they’ve lead to answers), they’ve led to frequent opportunity to know God and experience Him in an incredibly tangible way. And that’s where formation has happened. My freedom to question and my desire to hope in the imminence of God has brought me to a greater understanding of who I am and whose I am. -
Sorry for the essay - it’s my last for a while.
Grateful to learn, relieved to question, excited to rest. Thank you Jesus.
– YOU ARE YOU –
Don’t try to change who you are. If you want to change something, change your perspective and actions.
I’ll let you decide if I was just playing around or if I take all my photos like this.
Cheers @pauljaredlove for the sneaky snap