Archive for February, 2008

To Wake Again

February 29, 2008

Slow down! That was my New Year's resolution. As Wordsworth would say, "The world is too much with us." Even as I slide down the slippery, senescent, sixth-decade slope of life, I still scurry sunup to sundown, as if I … (read more)

Never Nameless

February 28, 2008

Going down a road I had not travelled before, I came across an old, old cemetery. For some reason, I like to walk through cemeteries and read the headstones. Some who are reading this may think this strange, but it's … (read more)

Christian Chameleons

February 27, 2008

Chameleons fascinate me. I am amazed by their ability to change their colours in order to blend into the background and remain hidden from both their enemies and their prey. I think God must have had a lot of fun … (read more)

How Much More?

February 26, 2008

A member of my Garden Club presented a program on butterflies. She gave each of us a monarch butterfly cocoon to take home for observation. We took the dry, gray, lifeless little ball home and ignored it, until one day, … (read more)

The Last Of The Lost

February 25, 2008

At the dawn of the new day, I am awakened to the chirping of birds. Crickets are still loudly sending their nightly messages. These sounds remind me of our loving God, the God who created the heavens and the earth … (read more)

Wrong Address

February 24, 2008

Starting a new small group is always unsettling for many of us. My husband had taken down the address where we were to meet, and it turned out that it was only a few streets away from us. Off we … (read more)

Fields On Fire

February 23, 2008

I love to sit and listen to the stories that old farmers tell about what actually happened in the good old days. This one was funny as it was told to me, but it could have been serious. The two … (read more)

Joyful Dreams

February 22, 2008

Psalm 126 is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. It resonates with what I've experienced in my life. When I was a teenager and had no control over the sadness in my home life, I hated myself and … (read more)

The Coin

February 21, 2008

Recently, I was in a supermarket, buying a few trifles, for which I would pay with the few two-pound coins that were in my wallet. The checkout assistant drew my attention to one of the two-pound coins and said that … (read more)

The Branch In The Vine

February 20, 2008

I spend time untangling and pruning vines in the vineyard, lifting fallen branches and tying them onto the supporting wires. After days upon days of slowly pruning the last of the vines, I look at my work with satisfaction. At … (read more)

Strength

February 19, 2008

As a child, my older brother owned a horse, Prince. He raised it from a foal and trained it to start running the minute he put his foot in the stirrup. Then they would gallop on down the road. Prince's … (read more)

Nothing Lasts Forever?

February 18, 2008

I had something out of my mouth before I thought! In a recent conversation on the telephone, I asked about a new espresso machine that my husband had purchased, wondering how much he should have spent to have something half … (read more)

Presenteeism

February 17, 2008

"How are you today?" someone asked. "I'm present," I mumbled. "That should stand for something." I was having a bad day. My allergies were acting up, my head hurt, and my mood was dark. Present, yes, but what good was … (read more)

Fingerprints

February 16, 2008

Recently, my wife went to the games chest, where we store all our family games, to collect a game for us to play. We had decided to give the television a few hours off on a Sunday night; it had … (read more)

Desperate To Know God

February 15, 2008

A phone call from a friend lasted for hours. Once the light talk was over, we had a deeper quest to talk about our situations. Confessing our concern for family and friends filled our conversation. My friend spoke words I … (read more)

Hearts Of Red And Pink

February 14, 2008

A recent conversation came around to how we celebrate Valentine's Day. I shared that we have two boys, and that to show our love to each other, we all take red and pink paper and cut it into heart shapes. … (read more)

Fill My Cup

February 13, 2008

I went to church on Sunday morning to get my cup filled. The music was inspiring, the fellowship was rich, and the sermon was powerful! Our pastor is beginning a sermon series entitled "Our Walk to Jerusalem". I'm excited about … (read more)

Washing Feet

February 12, 2008

Recently, in the Sunday School class that I teach, we were watching a clip from the movie "Entertaining Angels". It tells the story of Dorothy Day, who started a homeless shelter in the slums of New York City during the … (read more)

Just One of Those Days

February 11, 2008

Did you ever have one of those days when it would have been better to have stayed in bed? Yes! Me too! In the midst of one of "my" days, I began to think about Mrs. Luke Five. Here she … (read more)

Why Am I Going to Church?

February 10, 2008

I had wakened with a dry, sore throat, and I questioned myself as to whether I would go to church or stay at home. As I thought about this I asked myself, "Why am I going to church?" For one, … (read more)

The Language Of God's Love

February 9, 2008

Life's events brought us to Canada to get a life. One of the challenges was to learn a new language. Fifty-six years later, I still speak it with an accent. When I am asked where I am from, it becomes … (read more)

Falling Flat

February 8, 2008

I fell flat into an emotional abyss — a depression — for a day or so. I emerged by grace and through the intercession of others, for which I give thanks. This is a representation of the turmoil that went … (read more)

Counting Feedback

February 7, 2008

The beginning of Lent, like the start of a new year, is an appropriate time for us to pause and look back, and ask, "What is it we need to own up to, and stop doing?" We often do things … (read more)

Dies Cinerum – Day of Ashes

February 6, 2008

One of my favourite pastimes is reading about how the plants of the Bible relate to the history and traditions of our faith. One cannot read about palm trees without discovering the tradition of burning the palm fronds from the … (read more)

Living with Loneliness

February 5, 2008

For some people, this is a very lonely time of year. The celebrations of Christmas have come and gone. New Year's resolutions are beginning to fail, and the hopes of making a difference or being successful are starting to fade. … (read more)

I Walked

February 4, 2008

Not being a television person, radio and newspapers are my preferred choice of media for news, weather, sports, and music. Talk shows, though informative, often become repetitive from one host to another, so I turn to music. However, every once … (read more)

Whiter Than Snow

February 3, 2008

Having had during the past two winters a reprieve from snow and snowstorms, this year has all the markings of a good Canadian winter. We recently had a storm come through that was reported to be the worst snowstorm in … (read more)

Patience

February 2, 2008

Recently, as Caroline and I did our weekly round in the local supermarket, I noticed an elderly man lingering at the end of a row of shelving, and I thought that this waiting was a bit odd. Maybe he was … (read more)

Family Reunion

February 1, 2008

When my large family of four generations gets together, it is an action-filled event. Tents are pitched for sleeping, and there is much to do. The day might be spent fishing, and there is room to kick a ball. It's … (read more)

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