Short meditations and prayers for Ordinary Time and Advent.


Helps for Life’s Journey is a finely textured and sensitive soul pilgrimage, via the Christian liturgical year, through the seasons and inevitable challenges and joys, struggles and delights, questions and longings of life’s journey.

Do read, meditatively, and inwardly digest such a beauty and bounty of an offering, the wise insights being evocative perennial helps and markings for the faith journey.”

 Ron Dart
Associate Professor,
Department of Political/Philosophy/Religious Studies,
University of the Fraser Valley.


The desire of Fran’s heart is for a deepening walk with Jesus, and for others to share in that walk. This desire is what inspires the meditations found in this book. The fruit of this desire is seen in how Fran is able to look at the ordinary events and surroundings of our everyday lives, and find in them something extraordinary. Touches of God, living parables, lessons for learning, are all around us, indeed, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Fran holds out to us the invitation to keep company with Jesus throughout our lives. These meditations have been a particular source of comfort and strength to many people who are isolated, alone and suffering. Whatever your circumstances, may you find in them inspiration for your life’s path.

Rev. Canon Mike Stewart
Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church (ANiC),
Abbotsford, BC


Fran’s honest reflections draw our attention to God’s presence around us in the smallest things. If we are paying attention, there is a big message. As she takes us through the Liturgical Calendar, her prayers teach us to seek God in all things. 

Hester VanBraeden
Wife, Mother, Teacher
Langley, BC