• Make the Most of Today

    I was just watching a movie where a young woman with a severe type of cancer meets a young man.  She asks him to just enjoy the day with her – no last names, no phone numbers, no talk of where they are from.  She wanted a day without any judgments or any baggage – just to savour each other and do things that brought them joy. It’s rather an unusual proposition.  When I first meet people I want to know about them – where they are from, what their interests are, things like that.  To spend time together without all that background knowledge would feel unusual and unsettling. This…

  • At Every Opportunity

    Martin Luther instructed of all Christians:   “Each one, according to his calling and position, obtains the right and the power of teaching and confessing before others this Word, which we have obtained from Him.  Even though not everybody has the public office and calling, every Christian has the right and the duty to teach, instruct, admonish, comfort, and rebuke his neighbour with the Word of God at every opportunity and whenever necessary.” (LW 13:333)  This quote of Luther’s brings out many facets of sharing the Gospel message.  How many of us think that because we are not teachers or pastors that we have no place in the Christian education of…

  • Joy in the Morning

    A young couple tries to make a go of it in 1927.  He is a law student and she is a young inexperienced kid from Brooklyn. As the young man seeks to finish his law degree and be husband and later also father, they struggle on many fronts. There are financial difficulties but also emotional ones as they adjust to each other and being away from family. The story is told from the girl’s perspective, as she manoeuvres her way through life in the new college town and tries to figure out her role of wife.  Her whimsical account and naive perspective on life is both charming and frustrating –…