Archive for September, 2001

Who Led Her To The Link?

September 30, 2001

A few days ago, I received an e-mail request from a stranger. She asked if I could please tell her the origin of "There, but for the grace of God, go I", as I'd used it in my devotional. I … (read more)

Hey You! Hey You!

September 29, 2001

Several months ago, on March 21 , I wrote about the experiences of a group of college students from our church who went to Cite Soleil in Haiti to build houses. It was, for them, an unforgettable experience. It … (read more)

A Rocky Path

September 28, 2001

Fraser has always been a "climber". At three, he climbs playground equipment older children are tentative about. For over a year now, he has been sliding down the banister, saying, "This is the way boys climb stairs." We shouldn't have … (read more)

We Don't Always Get What We Want

September 27, 2001

I couldn't let the season pass without telling of the tomatoes in my garden this year. I didn't have time to go to the regular nursery for my plants, so I picked them up at the local grocery store, which … (read more)

Walking Blindfolded

September 26, 2001

I had the chance recently, while on a mission trip, to take a trust walk. A trust walk involves getting together with another person for a walk through the woods. The only difference is that one of the walkers is … (read more)

The Second Chance

September 25, 2001

The phone would ring and the vet would be on the other end. "Can you come? Another dog has arrived." Sometimes the animal had been abandoned. Sometimes it had been abused, flung from a car travelling the highway, and rescued … (read more)

God Cares About Terrorists

September 24, 2001

The Reverend Mr. John McGregor, a former member of the Billy Graham team, describes himself as a former Irish terrorist. He told his story recently to those attending a 50-plus weekend at Wesley Acres Retreat Centre, south of Belleville, …( read more )

Choose Life

September 23, 2001

Where John's Revelation describes only those who are rescued eternally with Christ's blood, a different cross-section of humanity was represented in those recently fallen towers: man, woman, white, black, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, CEO and janitor. Therefore, this crime, or … (read more)

The Overcomer

September 22, 2001

Tammi, our Sheltie, was already two when she joined our family. Having previously lived in a kennel, she was also incredibly shy. She was so timid, in fact, that she would literally climb up the back of my legs and … (read more)

9/11 Dependence Day

September 21, 2001

As I am an artist and a disciple of Christ, one image from the days of terror that began on September 11th stands out in my mind, and it draws me to full dependence. I have been struck by the … (read more)

The Day The World Stood Still

September 20, 2001

The day is bright, clear and sunny. A soft breeze rustles the leaves of the large oak tree that stands strong and tall in my front yard. It is peaceful. Yet approximately five hundred miles from here, there is chaos. … (read more)

Whence Came The Rose Petal?

September 19, 2001

In the two years since my back first grounded me and something gripped my sciatic nerve, I've learned a lot. First and foremost, I've learned what it's like to move among the "walking wounded" — those people who have "invisible" … (read more)

Who Sent The Doves?

September 18, 2001

It was one of those melancholy mornings, when one remembers what one had been doing during the same time last year with someone who is no longer here. My father-in-law (a long-time railroader), at 94, had begun to slow down. … (read more)

Down But Not Out!

September 17, 2001

I am shocked but still I remain fully able to react. Through this internal mechanism, over which I have no control, I seem to be able to borrow from tomorrow's resources that which I need today to meet the present … (read more)

Who Chooses The Music?

September 16, 2001

Although I am often in awe at the complete appropriateness in the pairing of hymns to the Daily devotionals, I am told that except for those few times when one may be requested, no particular thought or concerted effort goes … (read more)

The Price We Pay

September 15, 2001

I received a piece of mail from someone who was just back from a vacation of three weeks. In the note, the individual mentioned the many weeds that had grown in their garden while they were away. There had not … (read more)

A Day Of Mourning

September 14, 2001

The inclusion of the book of Job in holy Scripture reminds us clearly that the prosperous are not always blessed, that Satan does have leave from time to time to strike terror into the lives of the Lord's people, and … (read more)

Sunset And Lightning

September 13, 2001

Here in mid-western Canada, an unusual phenomenon occurs. Perhaps because of the vast expanse of sky and the absence of pollution and humidity, we can often see a sunset in the east as well as in the west. The sun … (read more)

Strangely Silent

September 12, 2001

The sky is blue, with only a few puffy white clouds drifting by. I saw the last of the diverted aircraft landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Everywhere I went it seemed strangely silent. Tragedy has struck our neighbours to … (read more)

The Cauliflower Tree

September 11, 2001

It had been a hot sunny day, and we had spent most of the afternoon at the town pool. As we meandered home, stopping to chat with a neighbour here and there, or pet one of the many dogs behind … (read more)

The Blessing Of The Eraser

September 10, 2001

When my daughter was in Grade Two, she taught us both a very valuable lesson. That was the year that she discovered what an eraser was meant for. My daughter is a perfectionist (I don't know where she gets that … (read more)

Will You Answer?

September 9, 2001

One day, I received an urgent call from the local co-ordinator of the Cancer Society, asking if I would possibly consider canvassing our street for donations. She had exhausted her list of volunteers, and was in great need of help. … (read more)

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

September 8, 2001

I know that God has promised to be in the midst of His people when they gather in His name, but somehow that summer Sunday morning, I wasn't expecting much. Our pastor was away and so was half of our … (read more)

The Road

September 7, 2001

Crews had been working on our road for almost two years. Then, one day, they were done! Interestingly enough, the final section to be completed was right where we lived, as the crews had worked from either end toward the … (read more)

The Wise And Foolish Builders

September 6, 2001

The parable of the wise and foolish builders is a good lesson in construction whether we are building a house or building a life. Years ago, I was in the construction business and I have dug many a foundation. Once … (read more)

An Unexpected Harvest

September 5, 2001

As the interim moderator for a small rural two-point charge in Alberta, Canada, I am required to go there and celebrate the sacraments, among other things. One weekend this summer when my wife and I were going, we decided to … (read more)

When The Storms Come

September 4, 2001

One recent evening, just before sunset, dark clouds started moving in fast. In just a few minutes, the whole sky had changed from blue to black. Then, all of a sudden, the lightning started, first a few rolling flashes that … (read more)

Labour Day

September 3, 2001

Today is the day that many of us celebrate as Labour Day. As I was thinking about this day, I got to wondering what this day really means to people. For many here in North America, it is the last … (read more)

Following In His Footsteps

September 2, 2001

While vacationing at the beach recently, my husband and I enjoyed going for a walk along the shore in the mornings, followed by a refreshing swim in the lake. Rather than putting my running shoes back on again after swimming … (read more)

Behind The Scenes

September 1, 2001

This world would be a much different place were there no goings-on behind the scenes. Consider for a moment, things in life that we have either helped take place, had the privilege of attending, or been the recipient of, because … (read more)

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