Archive for December, 2008

Entering A New Year

December 31, 2008

I always enjoy the end of the year. I check over the previous year's list of goals — both the ones with a big tick of accomplishment and fulfillment, as well as those I may not have completed yet. These … (read more)

Making Porridge

December 30, 2008

My morning ritual is the same every day: put the pot on the stove, add water and seasoning, and have all ingredients ready to go. Then comes the hard part. I hate lumps, so the water must be boiling hard, … (read more)

What?

December 29, 2008

I was talking to a little person on the phone recently. Out of the blue, she asked, "And what do you like to do the very best?" In other words, she asked me to say what my favourite thing to … (read more)

Baker's Van

December 28, 2008

Every day around 10:30 a.m., the bread man used to arrive in our street. He drove a large van that had a walk-in counter at the back. He tooted his horn twice, and everyone in our street knew that he … (read more)

The God Explanation: Soul Or Brain?

December 27, 2008

My class in Human Anatomy and Physiology studies how a small change in the membrane of nerve cells allows us to interact with the world around us. Our brains receive information as tiny electrical signals, and respond by sending out … (read more)

God Answers Prayer

December 26, 2008

One morning a little while ago, my wife was in the shower and I was watching the morning news on the television when the phone rang. It was our daughter; she was very upset, saying, "James has got a marble … (read more)

The Christmas Rose

December 25, 2008

My parents were married during the hungry thirties, when a teapot was thought to be an acceptable wedding gift. During their first years together, my mother gave birth to two little girls — my sister first, then me. Although we … (read more)

The Greatest Gift

December 24, 2008

As Christmas fast approaches, we spend time contemplating the best gift we can give to those on our list. When we choose successfully, not only do we bring joy to them, but also our own hearts are greatly blessed. How … (read more)

Box Within A Box

December 23, 2008

What to do with the small gift that one has to wrap? Some of the best gifts come in small packages. As our boys grew up, they learned to make many crafts for others and to give them as gifts. … (read more)

Immanuel

December 22, 2008

The Christmas season may be the busiest time of year for many of us, involving much time in planning, preparation, working, and spending money. If we are very blessed, it may also involve family and friends gathering for feasting and … (read more)

The Perfect One

December 21, 2008

One of the things I enjoy most about Christmas is the traditional tree. Last year, my daughter and I drove miles before discovering the perfect specimen. Hiking through deep snow, I was eager to reach and take home my prize. … (read more)

A Christmas Gift

December 20, 2008

Ah! Christmas! Time to buy gifts for those we love. Decisions, decisions, and more decisions! What to give your spouse! What to give the children in your life! What to give your sons, your daughters! What to give your friends … (read more)

The Best Gift

December 19, 2008

Spoons has lived on the streets of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for over 28 years now. He used to have a proper name; it's been so long that he has almost forgotten it. I remember the day several years … (read more)

Songs Of Joy

December 18, 2008

Watching the news the other day, I saw the unveiling of an atheist declaration of unbelief that was placed next to a menorah and a nativity scene. I can't remember in which city this occurred, but I couldn't help feeling … (read more)

Let It Be

December 17, 2008

When reading the Christmas story, I am always amazed at the amount of trust that Mary, a young girl, had in the angel's words. She was an adolescent, unmarried, and inexperienced in the ways of life, but yet she bravely … (read more)

Dave Is Coming!

December 16, 2008

Recently at the office, I filled up my water bottle from the water cooler at the bottom of the stairs in the foyer. It is like me in the morning: slow. Tea always comes first in the morning, and for … (read more)

Fearful Shadows

December 15, 2008

Often, when we are driving the highways here on Vancouver Island, the tall evergreen trees on either side cast shadows across the street, so that the driver cannot tell whether the dark patch ahead is a real hole or a … (read more)

Waiting Expectantly

December 14, 2008

I wonder what would happen if we were to celebrate Advent every day. Most of us think about Advent when we see the candles being lit in church on Sunday mornings. Some of us even think that Advent is the … (read more)

Banquet For All

December 13, 2008

Our Church does a banquet each December called the "We Care Banquet". After Sunday services are done, the sanctuary is transformed into a banquet hall, complete with white table cloths, dishes, and table centers. Many of the chairs are removed, … (read more)

Preparing For The Paths Ahead

December 12, 2008

There is something really special and reassuring about being led by God along this path called life. No one has caught this feeling as well as Joseph Gilmore in the hymn "He Leadeth Me". It was written in 1862 on … (read more)

Children Of Light

December 11, 2008

Recent tragic events have displayed a lot of darkness and fear in the world, but the present is not any different from Paul's time. The technology may be far more advanced, but the same anxiety that pervaded much of the … (read more)

Hidden Gifts

December 10, 2008

As we approach the Christmas season, it isn't unusual for those who celebrate it with presents, to buy gifts and hide them. Often, as used to be my practice, gifts will be purchased throughout the year as they are either … (read more)

Preparing For A Wonderful Relationship

December 9, 2008

Advent is a time for making preparations, to be ready for the coming of Jesus into your life and mine. We need to prepare for this "coming", for it may well happen in a new and perhaps even startling way. … (read more)

Choosing To Serve

December 8, 2008

We don't have a custodian on duty at our church on Sunday mornings. This means that I make the coffee, because I'm one of the first to arrive at the church. I also get to sweep up the leaves at … (read more)

Good News For The Unimportant

December 7, 2008

It always amazes me that God made Jesus' birth announcement to lowly, unimportant shepherds. Why? Does it mean that Jesus' mission was to be with the unimportant people, the poor, the outcast, and the needy? It certainly unfolded in that … (read more)

The Meaning Of The Christmas Wreath

December 6, 2008

As we go into the Christmas season, I have been challenged to consider how we go about sharing the holidays in a Christ-like manner with unsaved family. I have become more aware of the way we celebrate the birth of … (read more)

A Blue Christmas Poem

December 5, 2008

Christmas can be a painful and lonely time for some people. At our candlelight service, we light a Blue Christmas candle for those who are grieving, hurting, or ill during the festive season. This poem is recited as the blue … (read more)

Cleaned Up

December 4, 2008

I was not hurrying to clean up my home as usual before Christmas. I was procrastinating, putting it off — I would get to it later. Not having the same pep as before, I was slow in getting the usual … (read more)

The Great Santa Claus In The Sky

December 3, 2008

I was attempting to finish my poster on time for December when I thought of looking for something to illuminate the topic of "Christmas". I went to a source for clip art. Guess what! I found only one "Christmas" image … (read more)

Flour Power

December 2, 2008

Years ago, when my children were growing up, I learned that there is real power in homemade baked goods. The way a glass of milk and a couple of homemade cookies revived my children and their friends after a challenging … (read more)

Easter Lilies And Christmas Cacti

December 1, 2008

Living in the centre of Vancouver Island on Canada's west coast gives us pretty moderate temperatures. Although we usually are graced with a snowfall sometime in our winter months, it is what one would call a token snowfall. Our most … (read more)

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