Articles by Brittany Beacham
April 6, 2020
Looking at how her parenting style shifted in mere weeks, Brittany Beacham wonders how different life will look after this pandemic, and recalls that God will be with us no matter the circumstances.
Who will my daughter be after all this? Will this have a long-reaching impact on her life, either by her own experience or by the way my experiences shape her? Will this change the way we live, or will things go back to “normal” in a few months time?
October 11, 2019
On this Thanksgiving weekend, Brittany Beacham reflects on expressions of gratitude towards not only the gifts of the last year, but towards the Giver Himself.
“You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God Do you want the gifts of God or do you want God Himself? Because God Himself, incarnate before you, is here – and still you ask for bread In the midst of my gratitude for the gifts God ...
September 26, 2019
As her daughter’s first birthday flies around the corner, Brittany Beacham reflects on God’s faithfulness and offers lessons she has learned in this first year.
Good habits take time to form, bad habits take time to break, and as it turns out, we still eat dinner in front of the TV every once in a while I’ve been reminded over and over in the last year, through motherhood and other transitions of sorts, that God takes the long view of things You know when p...
September 4, 2019
Technology can be useful for new moms, but the constant rings of Instagram, Facebook, messages and more can also be too big a scream for attention.
With social media, texting, messenger, my camera, music and so many other things all wrapped up in one device, motherhood in the era of the smartphone is a constant battle for presence Through pregnancy, childbirth and those fragile days of early motherhood, we’ve called on sisters and aunts, mother...
July 10, 2019
After having spent some time away from the church of her childhood years, Brittany Beacham tells the tale of coming back to membership among the familiar congregation.
And in His unmerited grace, years later, after change and growth, joy and learning, and a community filled with the best kind of people, God brought me home And so the question may still stand – does membership hold more to it than a piece of paper and a vote? Is there room in the modern church for ...
May 24, 2019
Homemaking is setting up our homes to be places that are restful, where we can be refueled and renewed. Hospitality is inviting others into that, writes Brittany Beacham.
My desire is that our home be a safe place: a place that restores us, that simultaneously softens our hearts and puts iron in our veins for whatever the next challenge is My desire is that our home be the place we come to, battered and bruised, to be held close and stitched back together ...
November 19, 2018
Brittany Beacham stored up heavenly treasures awaiting the arrival of a child. Now, she can’t take her eyes of the gift of God’s work.
A tiny little babe laid across my chest, hollering with all the strength her little lungs could muster and we broke and we cried and we clung - to her, to each other, to the grace of our all-sovereign God In a chest for three years ...
September 17, 2018
Convivium writer Brittany Beacham reminds us that to give our failures to Christ is to live out the Gospel’s saving grace that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Failure puts us face to face with the glory of Christ Failure gives us the opportunity to realign ourselves with the face of Christ, and to kneel before His glory Though not recorded in Scripture, church history holds that at the end of his life, Peter was crucified for his faith in Jesus Christ, hi...
June 29, 2018
On Canada Day 2018, Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham urges Canadians of faith to take time to pray for the country we love, and those who lead it. Speaking from a Christian Mennonite perspective, Beacham beautifully voices the truth across traditions that to fully honour God, we must ask His blessing on those who work in our service.
The middle finger stood taller than the others, a reminder to pray for the government and the leaders of our country Whether good or bad, righteous or faithless, we pray for our leaders and for God to work through them Throughout the Scriptures, God tells us to pray for our leaders and our governmen...
May 18, 2018
On the Feast of Pentecost tomorrow, Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham writes, Christians celebrate not just the end of the Easter season but the instant when God told his whole Church: “Go.”
Do we wait on the Lord, like the disciples in the upper room, laying at His feet our own brokenness and failures, asking Him to use us and send us anyways? To fill the holes of our broken pieces with His Spirit, with His power and holy fire and send us out? People who’d felt the glory of Jesus C...
May 14, 2018
For several panic-inducing hours this Easter season, Convivium writer Brittany Beacham feared she may lose the unborn child that she and her husband have waited more than three years to welcome. Then came the reminder that God will swallow up death forever.
Faith comes in the trust that for every time death wins in the here and now, the life of Christ will win out in victory forever - when the Saturday stretches long and there is uncertainty of Sunday ever arriving this side of heaven, it is the trust in the beauty of Christ’s resurrection, and the kno...
April 18, 2018
North America’s public grief ritual includes proclaiming "our prayers are with the victims." The words have become so common they’re often being deemed meaningless, especially from political lips. Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham sees an even deeper problem: Culturally, we no longer know what prayer itself means. What, she asks, is its purpose? And where, above all, does it point?
So as I look forward, as I breathe out words of praise, plead my intercession, lift my supplication, bow my head in repentance and lift my hands in lament, I trust the work of the Spirit of God, not only drawing me into prayer, but further into the heart of God The words that many learned in childho...
March 16, 2018
Convivium writer Brittany Beacham serves notice that St. Patrick of Ireland was a slave-shepherd who became one of history’s great missionaries out the deepest love for God. Green beer just doesn’t do him justice.
Patrick said “… even if I wished to leave them and go to Britain---and how I would have loved to go to my country and my parents, and also to Gaul in order to visit the brethren and to see the face of the saints of my Lord! God knows it! That I much desired it; but I am bound by the Spirit, who give...
February 21, 2018
Echoing Isaiah, Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham says the Lenten fast has to be about more than giving up creature comforts. It must mean opening the doors of our hearts – even of our houses – purely for God’s love.
In this season of Lent, the season of fasting, let us long for more of the Lord, not only for ourselves but for the world around us: a world broken and desperately in need of Jesus But let us not forget, while the fast of Lent is an intimate time in our relationship with Christ, it is not the ultima...
February 1, 2018
Convivium regular contributor Brittany Beacham cautions that while a rush of zealous feeling can accomplish much in the world, real zeal is always governed by God.
They alongside Peter – The Rock, also a man of great zeal, arrogant passion and reckless loyalty – formed Jesus' intimate circle Peter was devastated by his failure, by his betrayal of Jesus, and it was only in the forgiveness of Christ and the power of God's Spirit that his zeal was returned t...
January 3, 2018
"On any given Sunday, you can walk into the kitchen of our church and see an enthusiastic red-head running a team of pancake flipping, toast buttering volunteers with more efficiency than an experienced army general could ever hope to attain. Well, you could. But I suppose that's getting ahead of myself."
The Sunday that Maggie announced to the church that she had cancer started out like any other On any given Sunday, you can walk into the kitchen of our church and see an enthusiastic red-head running a team of pancake flipping, toast buttering volunteers with more efficiency than an experienced army...
December 22, 2017
With the very advent of Christmas upon us, Brittany Beacham gives Convivium readers this irresistible reflection written from the pure-hearted beauty that is the full meaning of Christian faith.
In the times of the judges, the people would turn away from God, becoming like the pagan nations that surrounded them, forgetting that their worship was owed to Him and Him alone O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear A child ...
December 15, 2017
Fear, that chronic illness of the human condition, is best overcome by trust in God, Brittany Beacham writes. But, she counsels, keep an extra Winnie the Pooh nightlight handy just in case.
You see, leaving the door open a crack is a great thing when all that's out there is your parents’ room three feet across the hall and your sister’s room four feet to the right, but as it turns out, leaving the door open a crack is NOT a viable option when outside your door waits a long, dark hallwa...
October 24, 2017
Whether in silent retreat or simply by stopping in the world’s business to listen for God’s voice, Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham writes, we can learn to follow as He beckons us forward.
When I took part in my first silent retreat at 18 or 19 years old, the idea of spending 48 hours in complete silence, 48 hours set aside solely to the listening of God's voice, was a foreign, exciting and intimidating concept I wanted to stay in silence – continue that time set apart solely for seek...
October 4, 2017
Convivium contributor Brittany Beacham treats readers to the welcoming aroma of Mennonite deep fried raisin donuts as she explores the annual MCC Sale in Abbotsford B.C. The Anabaptist heartland is changing radically, she writes, but the hospitable heart will always bridge yesterday and tomorrow.
In many ways, the MCC Sale is a piece of the old Abbotsford, and yet it continues to grow and to draw people each year This has become a key part of the MCC Sale in the last few years, and I think a deep understanding of the need to serve refugees comes from the fact that two, sometimes three genera...
September 20, 2017
In the heart of Jerusalem on a brutally hot day, Brittany Beacham encounters renewal of the ancient Scriptural practice of lament when God’s love is felt not through modern Happy Face smiles, but in the most painful moments of human experience.
Lament isn't something we really focus on, or talk about much in the North American church, is it? We so like to be comfortable that we don't give much attention to things like grieving together with God Standing at the heart of Jerusalem, it is often characterized as a place of tears, where people ...
August 4, 2017
Four Convivium readers whose young lives were shaped by Joshua Harris’ influential book respond to Hannah Marazzi’s interview with the author.
I was angry reading even the title I Kissed Dating Goodbye, I was angry at Joshua Harris, and the more I read of the article, the angrier I became (despite Harris’ willingness to reevaluate his own book) and what has shaped my dating life, engagement, and now marriage, is Joshua’s urgent request tha...