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Life Isn't Always Predictable

" 'Domestication’ … was a pejorative term that conjured images of one-dimensional housewives like June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver” in Jackie Pastrano Tan’s mind. She was a university graduate and aspiring career woman. She planned to marry, travel and fulfill her dreams, but life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan. Comment magazine tells of Jackie’s introduction to “reality” and her transition into parenthood.

For many young Afghan girls, life hasn’t turned out the way they planned either. World Vision’s Childview reports that in the midst of serious drought and the global food crisis, Afghan families are resorting to desperate measures – selling daughters as young as seven into marriage to men as many as 40 years their senior.

A lot of pain and discouragement can accompany some unplanned circumstances. Faith Today reports the story of West African missionaries who sent their children in good faith to a mission boarding school. A new documentary about child abuse at the school reopens the painful experiences of those who survived and endured physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual assaults. In All God’s Children: The Ultimate Sacrifice, former students share their memories from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Also this week, two takes on same-sex marriage. While the Polish IKEA catalogue is introducing “Ian and Steve” as a model of a modern couple living together, in Saskatchewan a marriage commissioner who refuses to “marry” same-sex couples on the basis of his religious convictions, is suing the government for violating his Charter rights.

We invite you to read these articles and scroll down for additional selections. But, may we ask, how far along are you in your Christmas planning? Here’s a word of encouragement. Even if everything seems like chaos, it has a way of coming together in the end, says award winning author Marcia Laycock. That’s the promise of Christmas.

Have a good week!


Daina Doucet
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Other Articles This Week

Flying the Friendly Skies
Perhaps it would be a huge benefit to our churches and to the unsaved if we all took a flight attendant course.

Redeemer President Will Step Down
Justin Cooper, who has served Redeemer University College for 30 years, has plans to serve Christian education through other avenues.

Thought Police: What Else Can We Expect?
We have moved from a morality guided by God to a new system of values that must be increasingly defined and imposed by external forces.

Grant Me Patience, Now!
What is patience? It’s the ability to wait for God’s timing.

Do Apes Have Ethics?
Some argue that human ethics are simply a product of evolution, but this ethicist disagrees.

Crisis Due to More Than Greed
What should Christians do in the current economic crisis? reports on a number of faith-based perspectives. Part One in a series.

The Priests Keep Culture Alive
The Priests, a trio from Ireland that performed in Toronto recently, have a contract with Sony BMG and a CD at the top of the charts. Their music represents Irish culture.

The Mall or the Alley?
What is our Christmas time responsibility? ChristianWeek’s Josiah Neufeld invited two Christians with very different views to debate this calling.





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