Heartbeat February 2019

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An African proverb says,

 “You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.”

These words of wisdom are a saying of the Kikuyu people of Kenya, who have long had a keen sense of their responsibility to care for the earth. The Kikuyu name for Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa, literally means “God’s resting place.”

Imagine, if those of us who name ourselves Christian believed the whole earth was the resting place of God.  That we didn’t just say the words, perhaps on a Sunday morning as part of a prayer or creedal statement of belief; but lived this in our lives.  That we not only acted upon this at a personal level but became activists in our cities, provinces, and country.

Imagine joining with others who follow a different path to God and those who question the existence of a higher power.  It would mean joining together with scientists, musicians, economists, business entrepreneurs, politicians and world leaders of all stripes.  And most importantly of all, humankind would listen to the earth and learn from our fellow creatures, who have so much to teach us.

Please join me on Sunday mornings in February as we look for the “vital signs” which would enable us to “cool it” in this increasingly hot and volatile world.  So that Beach United Church could say the words of Tom Rand [from his book “Waking the Frog”] – “We get it.  We’re on it!”

With hope, Karen Dale

in ministry with Beach United Church 

Heartbeat January 2019

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Will 2019 be a time of new life, of exploring new paths, or will we continue to live the same old way?

God of every moment,

We admit that we always find the time to fill our stomachs, but not our souls.

We spend hours watching screens, but not the wonders of your creation.

We arrange outings with our friends, yet ignore your invitation to sit and talk.

We make resolutions to change every aspect of our lives, except for that which pertains to you.

In the moments to come, remind us that there is indeed ‘a time for everything’.

We can choose to spend moments seeking hope, finding joy, living peace & love and building relationships with others and you, our God.


Karen Dale

in ministry with Beach United Church