Ponder Anew Blog

HUGGING

July 20, 2021

uly 20, 2021Good afternoon.Elora is an arts town. I have gone there on Mondays to check out if anything new is there. They have sculptures on the street. They have a few galleries, including one at the Elora Center for the Arts. This past Monday this gallery was closed. I searched the streets for new pieces.The town has […]

Trust, silent enters my fears

July 20, 2021

July 19, 2021Good afternoon, ” Trust, silent enters my fears”           ——— from 2021 haiku written by Monike Pieper Landoni The above statement is from the Haiku 2021. The third line. The last five syllables. With the last 16 months of fear and anxiety, I can identify with the idea here of fears. Fear is […]

BELIEF SHARED BELIEFS

July 18, 2021

Convictions #6 and #7 We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability. As a world-wide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to […]

SHARED BELIEFS

July 15, 2021

Conviction # 4“As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God’s will for our obedience. “ The Bible is central to our beliefs. It is also very complex. It is a set of books, […]

SHARED BELIEFS

July 15, 2021

Conviction Number # 3 “As a church, we are a community of those whom God’s Spirit calls to turn from sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.”This is about Jesus being both Lord and Saviour in our lives. It is about the word and deed. […]

BELIEFS SHARED

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021 Good afternoon, Shared Conviction #2 “Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.” Mennonites are people of the second part of the Trinity. We believe in God the Father and […]

SHARED BELIEFS

July 13, 2021

July 12, 2021Good afternoon, Shared Conviction # 1“God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service and witness.” ( for this week, i will reflect on the seven core convictions of Mennonite World Conference ) […]

WAR IS ABSURD

July 3, 2021

Good afternoon, “War is absurd. For thousands of years, human beings have chosen to settle differences by obliterating one another. And when we are not obliterating one another we spend an enormous  amount of time and attention coming up with better ways to obliterate one another next time. It is all a little strange, if […]

Canada can do better

July 2, 2021

July 1, 2021“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not   forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some   people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:1I love Canada. In 1924 and 1926, while Mackenzie King was Prime Minister , my parents were part of a huge movement of Russia/Ukrainian […]

It is not about the Whale ( 4 )

June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021Good afternoon, ”  He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, takeaway my life, for it is […]