Archive for March, 2002

Remembering His Words

March 31, 2002

When I awakened this morning, the sun was just peeking over the roof of the house across the street. During the winter months, I can't see the sun, as it is too far south, but at this time, in the … (read more)

Hot Cross Buns

March 30, 2002

Although I enjoy eating hot cross buns, I do not make them. I simply purchase them from the bakery. However, I believe many people bake hot cross buns, and even a cursory search of the Internet confirms this fact. Dozens … (read more)

Working For A Carpenter

March 29, 2002

I worked for a carpenter the other day. It was my husband. I was helping out, filling in nail holes. A tedious task, one might think. However, I like jobs like this, and it is so satisfying to stand back … (read more)

The Cup

March 28, 2002

We are approaching the Easter season. It always brings to mind our trip to Israel, where we walked in the footsteps of Jesus, from Palm Sunday to the Passover, the last time Jesus would partake of supper with his disciples. … (read more)

Carrying The Cross

March 27, 2002

It was just a little three-and-a-half inch by one-and-a-half inch article halfway down page five in the morning newspaper: "Catholics To Hold Cross High". It stated that as part of World Youth Day Celebrations, a twelve-foot-high cross was going to … (read more)

I Wondered As I Wandered

March 26, 2002

Along the road that led to Golgotha I wandered, thinking of Jesus when he was brought to this place to be crucified and humiliated. This was a common spot for crucifixion, close to the road, so that passers-by could look … (read more)

Having The Last Word

March 25, 2002

Often, towards the end of a speech or lecture, the presenter will say something like, "One last word before I leave you." Or, perhaps, sometimes we have felt it necessary to have the last word, or been the brunt of … (read more)

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

March 24, 2002

Each time I sing the familiar words of the hymn Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, I travel back many years to a time when I was asked to participate in a special Sunday School class. Our class appeared on a weekly radio … (read more)

Blind Spot

March 23, 2002

We all have a blind spot, a place where we cannot see. I was travelling up the highway, not really paying the attention I should have. I was a little mesmerized with the traffic cruising along at the speed limit, … (read more)

As The Tree Grows

March 22, 2002

Recently, I stood in a churchyard, looking up at an old and very tall pine tree. There it stood, a great living thing, probably older than I, strong, and with great branches reaching out to the sun. Then I noticed … (read more)

Flames

March 21, 2002

I came back from church on Sunday and passed by a parade of shops. My eye was caught by the flicker of a flame rising up the height of a second floor window. I stopped, called the fire brigade, and … (read more)

Quo Vadis

March 20, 2002

Yesterday, as I was leaving the city to visit my son who lives in a nearby town, I swung onto the freeway, past Pearson International airport. Ahead of me were perhaps two hundred cars. Across the median, going in the … (read more)

Asking In Faith

March 19, 2002

Recently I went on a camping trip to a local State Park. After arriving at my campsite and getting set up, I settled down to a warm fire, and got ready to toast some marshmallows. Looking up at one of … (read more)

March Break

March 18, 2002

It was March Break and our two children came home with something we had not discussed. They had told their teacher that they would look after the gerbils for ten days during March Break, while the school was closed. It … (read more)

It's Not About Me!

March 17, 2002

Everyone knows at least one "Me" person. "Me" people say, do, and feel mostly about themselves, not about others, nor about God. Christianity transforms "Me" people into "Thee" people, through the miraculous spirit of love found uniquely in Christ. As … (read more)

Jesus Helps Us Bear Fruit

March 16, 2002

When I heard about a mission group successfully smuggling Bibles into Russia, I wanted to help. Since I did not have any extra money to give, I prayed for ten dollars. The next day, I went to town to purchase … (read more)

The Old Woman

March 15, 2002

I'm at Woodlands hospital — again. I was here yesterday to have some tests done so that I could stay in this beautiful country of Guyana. The first two at the lab went fine and I paid the money necessary, … (read more)

Neither A Borrower Nor A Lender Be

March 14, 2002

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is a familiar old phrase, and, for the most part, that is how I like to live. I don't borrow, and would rather give something than lend it, for lending, lots of times, … (read more)

Children And Parents

March 13, 2002

A friend of mine was preaching recently, and his text was on John the Baptist. He made the connection between the words in Luke 1:17, "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children", and today's verse in Malachi. I … (read more)

Commit Yourself

March 12, 2002

There is something that we all struggle with or we have a reputation for avoiding. It is something that we are called to, and something that we must all do at some point in our lives. It is commitment. According … (read more)

If Only

March 11, 2002

"If only I were beautiful, then I would be loved," the young woman said to her mother. "If only my wife still looked like that, life would be sweet," the man remarked to his co-worker. What a sad commentary it … (read more)

Changing Times

March 10, 2002

There have been a lot of changes in my life over the past several years: – Our youngest went off to university in the U.S.A. for 3 years. – My parents seemed to age overnight, and the roles were reversed … (read more)

At The Menders!

March 9, 2002

Before Christmas, as I practiced with the band for the coming service, my guitar-strap broke and, unsupported, it fell to the concrete floor with a bang. I was rather upset, and, since then, my beloved twelve-string has sat there in … (read more)

Hide And Seek

March 8, 2002

Hide and seek was one of my favourite childhood games. I was pretty good at it, the hiding part that is. Sometimes I was too good, for while I hid scrunched in some miserable position, like a sardine pressed between … (read more)

The Object Of Our Faith

March 7, 2002

The other day, my VCR broke down, and one of my friends came to me and said, "If you let me take that with me, I know someone who can fix it!" My faith in this man's ability to fix … (read more)

Christian Salvage Mission

March 6, 2002

In my continual quest to beat down my mountain of books by making notes and passing the books on to Christian Salvage Mission, I came across this quote by Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843): Every wise workman takes his tools away … (read more)

We Need More Light

March 5, 2002

As a guest on a talk show, the ophthalmologist was talking about the different diseases of the eye, and the conditions such as macular degeneration which occur naturally as we age. Arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries as it is … (read more)

Heart Examination

March 4, 2002

This story of Gideon is quite a familiar passage to me, as I recently taught it in my Sunday School class. But last night the pastor made a comment about verse 3 that really stood out to me: "You notice … (read more)

Stale Bread

March 3, 2002

Returning to our home after ten days away, I opened the refrigerator, and there was a half loaf of bread. I had forgotten to put it into the freezer and it had became stale. The bread had lost its usefulness. … (read more)

I Love Myself

March 2, 2002

Sometimes a little humour sends us into a deeper understanding of something else. The other day an old verse came to me, which said: I love myself I think I'm grand. I go to shows and hold my hand. I … (read more)

Thin Ice

March 1, 2002

We haven't had much winter here in Southern Ontario. It has been one of the warmest on record. Many are thankful, seeing snow and ice as a burden. Others are disappointed that there hasn't been much of an opportunity for … (read more)

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