Archive for October, 2011

Love: Silent, But Deep

October 31, 2011

Some years ago, I visited a particular nursing home regularly. It was an extremely affluent establishment. With even one casual glance, a newcomer would find this to be quite evident. I would visit the many guests, and one lady, although … (read more)

Exposing The Roots

October 30, 2011

The two enormous poplars that we have tolerated in our backyard since we moved here late last year are gone! All that remains are the stumps and roots that have been exposed. These have caused the patio and part of … (read more)

Filled With Inexpressible Joy

October 29, 2011

Why is there so little joy in many Christians when Scripture portrays joy as a vital ingredient for life? Jesus was eager that His followers be filled with joy. Paul was too. He said: For Paul, joy was vital because … (read more)

A Whale's Lament

October 28, 2011

I was touched by an unusual story in my local paper of a mother pilot whale, spotted not far from the Delmarva shore, desperately trying to save the life of her baby. An event rarely seen by humans, the incident … (read more)

I'm Available

October 27, 2011

Online dating has become a fad of the twenty-first century — one more sign of our highly technological society. Those who advertise themselves are supposedly available — not married or in an ongoing relationship. Unfortunately, this isn't always true. A … (read more)

The Hibiscus Flower

October 26, 2011

There is something strange about the hibiscus plant as it sits in its pot on our balcony, beautiful and alone. Its green leaves have long since died, except for some tiny green shoots learning how to grow. All summer long, … (read more)

You Are Awesome!

October 25, 2011

Recently, a grandson was here after school for a few hours. I told him, "You are awesome!" He grinned and said, "I know! Thanks!" That got me to thinking about God, and how He thinks of us, especially in comparison … (read more)

Robber Rabbits

October 24, 2011

This year, the rabbits robbed my orderly rows of green beans. They nipped nearly every plant neatly off at the stem. All that hard work tilling, raking, planting, and weeding produced mere stubs of plants! The only remedy for the … (read more)

Beautiful

October 23, 2011

I have a sweet friend who always makes negative, unkind comments about herself. I look at her, smile, and respond, "Don't say bad things about my friend!" How many times do you hear someone making negative, disparaging comments about the … (read more)

Silent Noise And Hot Food

October 22, 2011

When I came back, I found the house empty. In my ordinary life, Ron would have had a pot of potatoes on the boil and some kind of beef (his preference) on the barbecue. I'd push for a vegetable and … (read more)

I'm First!

October 21, 2011

Don't you just hate them? I mean, really? Who do they think they are anyway? We have all been there when someone pushes themselves to the front of what is happening and declares to everyone else, "I can do it … (read more)

My Plans

October 20, 2011

"I didn't climb the corporate ladder as quickly as I wanted." "I am not able to have children." "My family isn't as close as I wanted them to be." "My job isn't as prestigious as my friend's." "My car isn't … (read more)

The Good Shepherd

October 19, 2011

On the beautiful, green, grassy slopes outside Jerusalem, an unexpected sight popped up before me and touched my heart with a thrill of joy. Riding a tourist bus on a trip to Israel, I was keeping vigilant watch for things … (read more)

Put The Garbage Out

October 18, 2011

Perhaps H. was thinking that there was lots more room in the bin, so it can wait. At times, anger would lift its ugly head in the conversation. How many of us have had a similar conversation before the garbage … (read more)

Fall Breaker

October 17, 2011

Like everyone else on this planet, I am a sinner in need of saving. I try to be a good person, but usually there are moments each day when I succumb to temptation. Perhaps someone else upsets me, or there … (read more)

Build On The Rock

October 16, 2011

As I write this, the rain is coming down in torrents. The question is whether there will be water in our basement again. When we retired nine years ago, my husband renovated my parents' cottage and turned it into our … (read more)

Gerbil In The Grease

October 15, 2011

I was busy working about the kitchen when I noticed Henry, one of our pet gerbils, sitting atop a stool next to the counter. A few moments later I heard a splash and then frantic scrabbling. The sound was mystifying. … (read more)

Storm Damage

October 14, 2011

A recent series of severe storms left our backyard and green areas littered with debris that had been torn from two very large poplar trees. There are large pieces of broken limbs many feet in length, small twigs just a … (read more)

Peace Begins Inside Us

October 13, 2011

Just a few months after my arrival at my first posting on a native reservation out on the prairies of Canada in 1987, I was informed that I was to lead the three nights' wake service of a young man … (read more)

A Holy Discontent

October 12, 2011

"A holy kind of discontent seems to be fertile ground for God's prophets." – William H. Willimon Discontent can be a destructive energy that harms physically, emotionally, and relationally. It may be a symptom of ingratitude or an inability to … (read more)

What's In A Name?

October 11, 2011

I'm proud of my name and heritage. Not that I have anyone famous in my family line, but I wear my name with dignity. Several years ago, I assisted a relative in writing a book on our genealogical history. I … (read more)

The Bread Of Life

October 10, 2011

My granddaughter planned her very first family Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. As the pots boiled and the turkey cooked in the oven, we anticipated partaking in the feast. We did not disappoint her with our thanks. She was … (read more)

Heaven's Leftovers

October 9, 2011

I have a clear picture of a host of Christians who have gone before us sitting around the banquet table with Jesus in heaven. The fellowship and meal are a greater experience than our limited words can express. The bounty … (read more)

The Lighthouse

October 8, 2011

Recently, some friends and I spent several days on an island where we visited a lighthouse and enjoyed staying at a native lodge. The lighthouse was still maintained by a human being, which was different than so many modern lighthouses … (read more)

Divine Guidance

October 7, 2011

At the end of August, we were visiting family at a lake house they had rented in Connecticut, USA, when Hurricane Irene struck. We "evacuated" to their home in New York State, and watched the television in horror at the … (read more)

Moving To The Rock

October 6, 2011

One of my daughters and her family has moved back to The Rock. Years ago, I did not know that there is a place called The Rock, let alone how big it is or where it is. Is it in … (read more)

What Is Your Script?

October 5, 2011

Entertainment is rare at the doctor's office, but on one visit, a young mom and her four-year-old twins kept us all in smiles. We needed a smile because my husband, Ron, was in the last stages of cancer. Likely hoping … (read more)

Our Comfort Zone

October 4, 2011

On first reading, we might assume that what stood in the way of this young man's spiritual growth was his wealth, but the truth of this story extends far beyond money to issues that affect all of us, rich or … (read more)

Just Another Play

October 3, 2011

Have you ever been around someone who is so excited about something that it rubs off on you? I have, many times. But last August, I had opportunity to discover it again. My granddaughter was attending day camp for two … (read more)

Never Alone

October 2, 2011

It is now past three years since my husband went home to be with the Lord. During that time, I've walked this path of loneliness and aloneness, as many of our readers have. Just when I think I'm okay and … (read more)

Quietness And Confidence

October 1, 2011

When I lay abed this morning thinking, this particular Scripture came to mind. It has been a favourite of mine, but I haven't thought about it for a while. Anxiety has been a challenge in members of my family for … (read more)

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