Mourning And Christmas

A THEOLOGY OF GRIEF Paul Khosla have so many Christmas memories. Does anyone remember Evie singing “Come On, Ring Those Bells”? It was a contemporary Christian music Christmas hit. I also remember the poorly-shaped fir trees my dad would rescue from a tree lot seemingly every year, and that fake snow you could spray on … Read more

Pushing Back Against MAID: Exploring Alternatives

The statistics are arresting. Between 2020 and 2021, there was a 32.4 per cent increase in the number of hastened deaths in Canada, a total of 10,064 in 2021.1 Of those opting for assisted suicide, 86.3 per cent said the reason for requesting death was the loss of ability to engage in meaningful activities.2 And access to … Read more

Finding Jesus’ Healing Love in the Midst of Chronic Pain

hen Jocelyn was 11 years old, the same year her family moved from Hong Kong to Vancouver, a friend from school made a comment about her neck. When she got home, she told her mom who took her to the doctor just to get it checked. However, she was diagnosed with thyroid disease. Three years … Read more

RECOGNIZING AND NAVIGATING TRAUMA

When we experience trauma, it can rewrite how we see the world, how we see others and how we see ourselves. Multiple studies have shown that trauma can fundamentally alter someone’s brain, causing them to struggle for years without realizing the underlying issue. To help you understand this large, complex area of mental health, Focus … Read more

Prayer for Reconciliation

A Prayer for Reconciliation by Reepa Evic-Carleton with an introduction from Dan Collado, The PAOC Indigenous Guiding Group Coordinator. (Click here to view or share.)

Is Healing From Trauma Possible? My Story Is Proof

Dealing with death is uncomfortable, to say the least. In my experience, people don’t often know how to respond to someone healing from trauma. When one has a death in the family, you hear so many people saying either the same things or some really weird things. Don’t get me wrong. I know people mean … Read more

Why Grief Is Evidence for God

Grief is an all-consuming, universal human experience that takes many forms. Parents grieve a child whose life is cut short; children grieve a parent whose memory fades; childless couples grieve what could have been and may never be. The ill and elderly grieve losing health and independence, and unprocessed grief can lead to illness and … Read more

I Was Afraid to Keep Praying for Pregnancy

“Why can’t you just be happy for me and let it go?” I remarked to a friend, who insisted we keep praying for pregnancy. After being diagnosed with lupus at age 27, I was prescribed a plethora of toxic meds and told any potential pregnancy would be high risk. The fear of all the “what … Read more