Hello! I am Anna Lin ~ also known as Pastor Linda Thomsen. I am a retired ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
I am a wife, mother of 3, and grandmother of 4 wonderful beings.
My formal education resulted in a B.Ed. with distinction from the University of Alberta, Canada, specializing in early Childhood Education. Later, attending Vancouver School of Theology, in British Columbia, and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, I received an M.Div.
For 30 years I was a teacher, presenter, chaplain, and pastor of children and adults in many capacities. I compiled and edited the book PRAYING One Day at a Time, published by the ELCIC in 1989.
Following severe pesticide poisoning in 1995 I have been serving in solitude with a ministry of prayer and spiritual support for the chronically ill. For ten years I was the president of WindWood Retreat Society, a special ministry of the ELCIC and the United Church of Canada. Now, together with my husband Peter, we live a sustainable, non-toxic lifestyle of voluntary simplicity on a tiny island on the west coast of BC Canada ~ providing a wildlife sanctuary through care for the earth and all living things.
I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
Bless your heart, Anna Lin! Your ministry magnifies my soul.
Hi Mary Pat,
I just figured out how to reply to your comment.
I’m learning. 🙂
Many thanks for your kind support.
What a beautiful “About” page. Thank you for openly sharing your light. xo
Thank you for your support, Jamila.
I’m so glad we have connected here.
Me too! 🙂
What a beautiful and uplifting website, Anna Lin!
Thanks for stopping by, Wendy, and for your gracious words of support.
Wonderful website and nice to learn a bit more about your. Looking forward to more… Much Love Claudia
Thanks so much for stopping by and connecting here, Claudia.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
HI Anna Lin—I want to first thank you for stopping by over on cookiecrumbstoliveby and for wanting to follow along on my life’s little adventures—I want to tell you have lovely your blog is and that it does indeed provide a respite to weary souls—
I look forward to learning and growing sharing in His Glories through your eyes—
Again thank you—Grace and Peace—Julie
Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me.
I am blessed to know you and to share all the Glory of the Lord.
Your picture of the flowing water makes me feel happy. Beautiful stream!
I’m glad to hear the flowing waters bring happiness to you, Gypsy Bev.
It is a pleasure to meet you and read your wonderful introduction
Thank you so much for stopping by and making it possible
Thank you so much for your connection here.
I an honored to share in your posts.
Praying for you and joining you in prayer for all who are hurting, whether physically or emotionally. That all will come to know the Love of our Lord and seek His Peace that transcends all understanding. God bless you and your family!
Thank you so much for your prayers for all who are hurting; and for your blessing for me and my family.
May the gracious Love and Light of our Lord be always with you.
Thank you for stopping by the place where I share my heart and the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I look forward to spending time reading more of your healing words of poems and grace. God bless you as you share His Gospel of Grace. blessings, denise
Thank you for your beautiful words, Denise. I am blessed to know you here.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I look forward to following yours.
Thank you. So great to connect with you here.
Dear Anna Lin
I hope you, your husband, children and grand children are doing wonderful. You have a beautiful blog.
We have been following each other’s blog for quite some time now. I want to thank you for that. As my blog grew I struggled to give as much in return as I was receiving. I am sorry for that.
Due to this, I am moving my work to this newly created website:
I am staying on WP without much content shared.
I wish you all the very best.
Thank you for letting me know about your new website, Isabella.
Hope we can keep connected.
Many blessings to you.
Thank you for your kind reply. I hope too that we can stay connected:-) Many blessings to you ♡ ♡
Thank you for visiting my site. Your writing is wonderfully anointed.
Blessings upon you and yours!
Thank you so much for your gracious words.
May the Spirit guide and keep us in God’s grace.
I came across your site on facebook and now here I am. Pleased to meet you Anna Lin. 🙂
Hi there, Nomzi. I am so glad to meet you too.
Thank you for coming here and following my site.
You are most welcome dear Anna Lin ❤️