Archive for April, 2003

A Son Of Encouragement

April 30, 2003

Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement," was a man who gave encouragement and consolation to his friends, becoming one of the most respected persons in the church in Jerusalem. Barnabas was the mentor of the apostle Paul. He encouraged … (read more)

Dipping Eggs

April 29, 2003

Nothing tastes as good as a freshly laid, 2-3 minute, soft-cooked egg. Our family calls them "dipping eggs". These beauties take well to a sliver of toast or an English muffin. We are really spoiled! Because we live near a … (read more)

Coming Full Circle

April 28, 2003

"It only makes sense, that from the air, one would be seen as a full circle," claimed my husband, after a few moments' assessment of what we had seen. I know he's right, but if we hadn't actually experienced seeing … (read more)

Earplugs

April 27, 2003

When we travel by plane on an overseas flight, I go prepared with blinders to keep out the light of the overhead video, and a pair of earplugs to cut down on the internal noise of voices in conversation, and … (read more)

Work And Play

April 26, 2003

I love playing games — nothing too physical — with my wife. I delight in being daft — manipulating words — with anyone silly enough to be around when I am in the mood. As I get older, this tends … (read more)

Encountering God Through The Elderly

April 25, 2003

One day recently, after I'd missed my bus at the mall, I ended up waiting for the next bus with a 95-year-old woman, who was on her way to buy groceries by herself. She hadn't been out of the house … (read more)

Give Us A Cuddle

April 24, 2003

I work as a pre-school teacher within a nursery, and spend most of my time with children aged two-and-a-half to four years. Part of every day is spent giving hugs and cuddles when the children need them, whether it is … (read more)

The Yellow Rabbit

April 23, 2003

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a little rabbit named Hasi. It was bright yellow, and its fur was as soft as a cotton ball. Hasi lived with a little girl, who loved it very much. … (read more)

Trust

April 22, 2003

One of the greatest needs for human beings is to be trusted. One of the things human beings need to do most is to trust God. Knowing how important it is to be trusted, why do we find it so … (read more)

The School Bus

April 21, 2003

He doesn't have temper tantrums. Screaming and yelling are unknown to him. He is a very mild-mannered little boy. Yet there, in the middle of the mall, he threw himself to the floor, flailed his arms and legs, and screamed, … (read more)

A Second Chance

April 20, 2003

My supervising professor was furious. I had written a paper on the now defunct Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) without referring to its accompanying charter. She concluded by stating that I had to write the paper again, and, this time, … (read more)

Do We Tremble?

April 19, 2003

I recently began a new teaching series in which our class is walking through the Gospels, in an effort to draw nearer to Christ by closely examining His life and teachings. As I prepared the lesson for the fifth and … (read more)

From The Foot Of Golgotha

April 18, 2003

I had never been part of a drama before, but when our pastor pleaded for more men to participate in the Easter play, I couldn't say no. After months of set building, rehearsal, and preparing all the special effects necessary … (read more)

I Thirst

April 17, 2003

If you have done any hiking or work in the woods, you may have used a canteen. I can remember once working at putting up tents at a Scout camp, when I got so dry that I do not think … (read more)

The Tree

April 16, 2003

Journeying in different parts of the world, one can look in awe at many different kinds of trees. Out on the west coast of North America grow the great California redwoods — trees that have been there for hundreds of … (read more)

Gifts That Last

April 15, 2003

A number of years ago the volunteer co-ordinator at our local hospital asked me if I could spend some time with "Anna" (name changed) — a palliative care patient. Shortly before my first visit, the doctor had told her that … (read more)

Light Through The Curtain

April 14, 2003

One day this winter, I looked out the window, only to see the huge mounds of snow — snow that had not only fallen, but had been piled high by the snowplow. The day was sunny and cold when I … (read more)

Rejoice! Hallelujah! He Comes!

April 13, 2003

Great excitement filled the air: the parade was coming. The little Mexican village of Ajijic on the shores of Lake Chapala was in an excited buzz. We were sitting at a roadside cafe, looking out on the local square with … (read more)

It Was Very Good

April 12, 2003

As a student of international law here in the Netherlands, I have some days that are less busy than others, with free hours to work and earn some cash. One job I particularly like is cleaning a busy lawyer's house. … (read more)

Half A Loaf Is

April 11, 2003

Being in my kitchen is sheer pleasure! Over the years, cooking and baking have provided many enjoyable hours. My favourite thing to bake is bread. I love the fragrance of a loaf of wheat bread baking in the oven. Without … (read more)

Len

April 10, 2003

A number of years ago, my youngest son wanted to wrestle. His older brother wrestled, and he just naturally fell into the sport. Actually, he became pretty good. Problem: there was no Junior High coach. I knew very little about … (read more)

A Stranger In Strange Surroundings

April 9, 2003

A woman sits, blank eyes staring at a wall. She is unaware of the people who love her, or who brought her to this place. Her mind is confused, asking the same questions, over and over again: "Where am I?" … (read more)

The Need For Solitude

April 8, 2003

It was the second day of the summer season for the Polar Bear Express, running from Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, through the Arctic Watershed to Moosonee and Moose Island at the mouth of James Bay. A young man, a professional hockey … (read more)

Not To Stay

April 7, 2003

The snow just won't quit this year. The drifts in our little town are as high as an elephant's eye. Since we are retired, we can plan our days according to the weather. Still, some are bound by work and … (read more)

Vessels Of Clay

April 6, 2003

One day I decided to have some kippers — smoked herrings. I cooked them in the microwave, then ate them with satisfaction, and washed up. I had made the kitchen smell of smoked fish, so I decided to put a … (read more)

To Bathe Or Not To Bathe

April 5, 2003

My grandson, Tim, is nine. He often spends part of his school vacations with me, so I was delighted when he asked if he might visit during his mid-winter break. Tim's parents, however, warned me to prepare for battle, as … (read more)

Humble Reflection

April 4, 2003

Sitting alone in the quiet of my room, I had just picked up a devotional book, one that I had never intended to read. You might think this odd, but as I sat and looked out the window at the … (read more)

Tithes And Offerings

April 3, 2003

Approximately one year ago, I made a decision to donate half of my waitress's gratuities to our church in order to help pay off our church building's mortgage. This was over and above my regular financial donation of ten percent. … (read more)

Little Frustrations

April 2, 2003

Making mistakes has always been part of my life. No matter how hard I try to be perfect, some type of little "blunder" is going to surface. I struggle over a manuscript trying to correct the errors. Just when the … (read more)

One Mitten Less A Pair

April 1, 2003

Thank goodness I finally found my other mitten. The washing machine had tucked it safely into the leg of my jogging pants. Finally a complete pair! Number one mitten had disappeared, but I had saved number two! These white mittens … (read more)

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