Tag Archives: love

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour. Those of us raised in Christianity are taught this simple statement as one of the fundamentals of the our faith. Its simplicity, however, is limited to its concept. Application of it is far more difficult than we often perceive. This commandment is not limited to Christians, of course. It is echoed in sentiments like the golden rule, …

Christmas with the Wells

Something I don’t often talk about on here is how I am just a *little* bit obsessed with¬†decorating. Especially at Christmas. I’m one of those people who attempts to decorate at least something in every room. Lights, candles, wall stickers, ornaments, you name it! Christmas is the time for me to go wild. This was our second Christmas living in …

When they go low, I will go high

As an INFJ, it is incredibly easy for me to feel discouraged and downtrodden when I feel like the fight for humanity is losing. Equally so, it is that very discouragement driving me forward with a passion to keep fighting for change and encouraging people (myself included) to be better and to do more. I won’t say we are at …

In the end, love will win

When our last issue of 2015 went to print, I wasn’t sure I was ready to share my column from that week on my blog. While it is online on our website, our readership is limited, and while it addressed specifically the refugee situation in our small town, I wasn’t sure I was ready for its reach to be extended. …

Gerladina: Brightening Tanzanian Children’s Futures

Child sponsorship advertisements often tell us that for approximately a dollar a day, we have the power to change the life of a child in a poverty-stricken country. While it may be hard to fathom, there is a lot of truth to this message, which seems to be used by every organization seeking sponsorship. For one Orangeville resident, the experience …

Tonight, are you willing to save a life?

It was Christmas Eve of the year 2000, and the night couldn’t have gone more horribly wrong. I stared at my image in the mirror; blotchy red spots, a tear-streaked face, and eyes that hadn’t sparkled in months. The bags under my eyes were massive, and the crushing feeling in my chest left me feeling like I was suffocating. My …

Finding My Voice Through the Written Word

When I first started into the blogging world I was a dramatic teenager, pouring my soul out to strangers on Xanga and Livejournal, long before blogging was a ‘thing’. As a college student, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started publishing blog posts about things that actually mattered, though I can’t take credit for the sudden change. It …

In loving memory of Priscilla Halfyard

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a young woman whom I’ve known for over ten years, the daughter of two people who I consider dear friends. A young woman who spent the last year of her life battling an incurable cancer, and knowing that her life would not go on much longer. Although …

Faith: Can We Live it Without Alienating People?

There has been a lot of talk lately, both internationally and locally about how the choices of the world are trampling on the rights of Christians. Between new sex-ed curriculums, gay marriage, abortion and most recently, a Bill being supported by Indiana’s Governor allowing businesses to exercise their religious freedoms by banning LGBT customers. People declaring that they should not …

Ottawa Shooting Will Not Shake Us

Yesterday, Canadians were rocked by the situation that unfolded in Ottawa. It was the first time that I can recall our leaders ever referring to a situation as an act of ‘terrorism’, rather than the maniacal assault of a deranged individual. It was the first time that I can recall obsessively watching the news in horror about a situation unfolding …