Archive for March, 2000

I Can't Take It Off

March 31, 2000

Around my neck I wear a small plain gold cross. Most of the time I don't display it. I wear it to remind myself of the sacrifice Christ made for me. The cross is plain because Christ is not there. … (read more)

Do Not Worry About Your Life

March 30, 2000

Why I have been led to submit this piece is a mystery to me. There are folks that have suffered, and are suffering, in much greater circumstances than mine. Nearing the age of sixty, I was downsized and reorganized (politically … (read more)

Using The Net

March 29, 2000

Last year my wife and I purchased a computer from a young neighbour who built it himself. Adam helped us use the computer by giving orientation (several times). Recently we made a contract with a local Internet provider. Adam helped … (read more)

Better Than "Nabs"

March 28, 2000

One day recently on the way to work, a comment made by the radio personality of my favourite gospel station brought to my mind a long-standing "inside joke" that exists in my family. The station was going through a list … (read more)

Stalling

March 27, 2000

Last evening at the dinner table I managed to break a piece off one of my teeth. It was a substantial piece, and came from one of the front ones, so I know it has to be fixed. I have … (read more)

Carrying Our Bibles

March 26, 2000

One thing I have noticed while going to some churches is that many people do not carry their Bibles with them. I have always wondered why this is so. I have seen Bible studies where people come without a Bible. … (read more)

My Will Be Done

March 25, 2000

In the two previous devotionals, I have talked about my four-year-old daughter's version of the Lord's Prayer in church one Sunday morning: "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be my name. My kingdom come, my will be done, on … (read more)

My Kingdom Come

March 24, 2000

In yesterday's devotional, I described my four-year-old daughter's version of the Lord's Prayer in church one Sunday: "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be my name. My kingdom come…". My first thought was to correct her, but as the … (read more)

Hallowed Be My Name

March 23, 2000

Our four-year-old daughter memorized the Lord's Prayer about a year ago. Recently we were in church, and she was saying the prayer more loudly than she normally does. I suddenly realized that she had started off, "Our Father, who art … (read more)

Putting On A Uniform

March 22, 2000

When I was in high school, I had a good friend with whom I did a lot of things. One thing we did that we should not have done was drink. Our parents found out about our drinking. My friend's … (read more)

Watching A Mustard Seed Grow

March 21, 2000

When, a few months ago, I wrote Signs of the Season , which was published as the Daily devotional for November 29, 1999, I thought it would just be a nice Christmas-time devotional illustrating the pleasure that small random … (read more)

Do Not Touch That

March 20, 2000

When I was serving in the navy, I worked on electronics, so I had access to electric components. One of those components was a capacitor, a device that stores up electricity. I used to charge up these capacitors, and then … (read more)

A Christian's Death

March 19, 2000

I recently attended two funeral services. They had several things in common: both were for elderly people who had died after long illnesses; both individuals were parents of people with whom I work. There the similarities end. One person was … (read more)

How Can You Do That?

March 18, 2000

As a volunteer with terminally ill people, I am frequently asked, "How can you do that?" So it was in a conversation with a teacher friend the other day. As I pointed out to her that teaching was not something … (read more)

Say It Now

March 17, 2000

One of my daily e-mail blessings is a free mailing from Chicken Soup for the Soul. In a recent story called Do It Now by Robert Reasoner, this paragraph leapt out at me: I won't get another chance to tell … (read more)

Repetition

March 16, 2000

When I finished reading the Daily devotional, I put the icon for the computer programme down on the tool bar and brought up another, so that I might give some thought to writing. I didn't lose the music that was … (read more)

Lucas Is Tired

March 15, 2000

My son Lucas, who is four, was sorting the family's laundry, shortly after the New Year. This was not his first foray into the art of sorting lights from darks, but he still sometimes asks for help. While I was … (read more)

I Am A Big Boy, Daddy

March 14, 2000

My son is four years old now. He is starting to get to the age where he wants to do everything on his own, and he is realizing that he is no longer a little baby. I always find it … (read more)

How Do You Stand Tall When You Are On Your Knees?

March 13, 2000

The world measures people by so many different standards and units of measure. Some people's drivers' licenses show that they are 7 feet tall. My new-born daughter was just over 18 inches long when she was born. My wife is … (read more)

The Gift Of Forgiveness – The Gift Of Jesus Christ

March 12, 2000

Several years ago, during Advent, I received a special gift. It was precious, although not rare or expensive. A card, beautiful tissue paper and ribbon did not accompany this gift, which was one that couldn't be purchased anywhere for any … (read more)

Praying In The Light

March 11, 2000

I never understood how very real the light that radiates from Christ is until something happened one day that woke me up to the power of His healing, energizing light. It happened years ago during an especially difficult time for … (read more)

Look Only To God

March 10, 2000

The other day when driving in the snow and slush of the city, I began to think that so often it is the "other" driver who causes accidents, so I must be careful to avoid his poor driving, as well … (read more)

Life's Little Challenges

March 9, 2000

The challenges that we face today are either ones brought on by ourselves or presented by God. The challenges that we bring upon ourselves we have chosen. One I am thinking about arises when we enter into a competition of … (read more)

Going To The Doctor's Office

March 8, 2000

Probably like most men, I do not like to go to the doctor. I hurt my back, and it has caused me pain for years. It was not until my wife finally just took things into her own hands by … (read more)

For Someone Else To See

March 7, 2000

A while ago I wrote a devotional about my love of the beauty and intricacy of feathers, my delight in sometimes finding them in my daily walk and bringing them home for my "collection", and my feeling of how special … (read more)

Walking With God

March 6, 2000

When we moved, I found a trail near our new home. I often saw people walking on that trail. Some would walk alone, some with friends, and some with their children. Parents usually walk patiently and slowly while holding on … (read more)

Give Him Praise

March 5, 2000

Earlier last year, my brother was lying in a coma and his brain activity had almost ceased. I thought that this was it for him. I was making arrangements to fly home so I could be there when he passed … (read more)

Jesus Is The Answer; What Is Your Question?

March 4, 2000

On a certain Tuesday evening a while ago, I attended a training session for our church's faith visitation programme. In that session, the minister threw out a phrase that was quite simple but has truly captivated my thoughts. One of … (read more)

I AM – The Centre Of The Universe?

March 3, 2000

I know I'm not the only person who gets "road rage" — that incredible urge to yell at other drivers when they get in your way, pass too closely to your fender, take the parking spot you had your eye … (read more)

Walking In The Snow

March 2, 2000

A short time ago I went outside for my almost daily walk for exercise purposes, and found that the temperature had dropped considerably and about two centimetres of snow had fallen overnight. The drop in the temperature froze what had … (read more)

I Guess They Didn't Hear

March 1, 2000

Many months ago, a commercial for a national coffee company featured a smiling senior sauntering up a hill in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, to fetch her morning brew. The walk was part of her social hour as she waved to … (read more)

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