All posts by Rev. Vera I. Bourne

Rainbow over walkway

Where Are You Going?

There are times in our lives when we pause and take stock, and, looking at what is happening in the lives of others, ask ourselves just where are we going? Where is our life heading? Have we found our souls beached on some hidden reef?

Colored leaves

In Pursuit of Holiness

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you

The Nativity (ca. 1550–1600) by Jheronimus Bosch. Original from The Rijksmuseum.

Just for Today: A Christmas Wish

Have you ever witnessed the wonder and delight on the faces of young children as they catch a glimpse, through a partially opened door, of a Christmas tree laden with gifts? Or seen the excitement as the Christmas light suddenly blaze forth from trees and

Two men sitting and waiting

New Wine in New Wineskins

It’s not that Jesus ever asked us to like people; rather he commanded us to love others. And there’s a world of difference between liking and loving. Any woman in a violent domestic situation may love the man who regularly beats her up, but she

Apple on Tree in Orchard

Shifting and Assuming Responsibility

The concept of sin is not contained within catechisms learned in our churches, or in the theological vocabulary of our priests. Rather, I believe, each and every act of self-indulgence constitutes sin. Any time we put our own interests above that of others, so that

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

A Table Spread

You have spread a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. (Psalm 23:5) The Twenty-third Psalm is perhaps one psalm with which we are all familiar. Most of us have recited or sung it, or we have recalled its words during periods of

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

Chosen and Loved

From out of their isolation and stumbling in the glare of the sun they came, those deemed unclean and therefore unable to live within ordinary society. The authorities had condemned each of them to death, the slow death of physical and spiritual separation. Society chose

Star in the sky

A Star at Chanukah, Star of Light

Sarah carefully brushed the hair of Esther, her favourite doll, before placing her on a cushion close by the comfortable armchair. Moshe turned from the window and called, “Grandfather is here!” The twins glowed with excitement as they heard those familiar footsteps coming toward them.