Archive for February, 2012

The Snow

February 29, 2012

The snow continued to fall gently, mounting higher and higher, causing the earth to appear unsullied, freshly created. As its abundance grew, the winter sport enthusiasts busied themselves hauling out snow machines, snowshoes, cross-country skis, parkas, toques, boots, and mitts … (read more)

The Missing Ingredient

February 28, 2012

My wife Joy is a great baker, much to the enjoyment of me, my kids, and the grandchildren. Her cookies and loaves are melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Sometimes while baking, though, she forgets one of the ingredients, and the final product doesn't … (read more)

Walking And Talking

February 27, 2012

My pooch loves her walks far more than I enjoy them on these wintery days. She is a double-furred dog who loves the cold and snow. From the way she pulls me when we walk, she would make a fine … (read more)

The Feet Of Those Who Bring Good News

February 26, 2012

Since the new year, I have renewed an old habit of distributing gospel of Christ tracts with the title, Four Things God Wants You to Know. My daily walks around the block also mean opportunities to talk to people passing … (read more)

Bad News, But…

February 25, 2012

If you were to find the photographs of kids and grandkids in my purse, you would also turn up an old postcard. Originally, it came inviting me to attend the ordination service of a student minister friend. The picture side … (read more)

Ministers Of Light

February 24, 2012

As the candle was lit, the following was being recited by the students agog with the moment: I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal … (read more)

Detour

February 23, 2012

Recently, we flew across North America to visit our son and his family, who had just received a precious baby girl. Children are very expensive, as we know, and this one necessitated a larger vehicle. With no space left in … (read more)

My Way Or God's Way?

February 22, 2012

I think I was blessed with a great piano teacher, for she always tried to make my lessons interesting. One of the ways she did this was by telling me a fascinating fact about the composer of the piece. Once … (read more)

God's Gift Of Music And Song

February 21, 2012

Recently, we have been recalling the great earthquake in Haiti that caught the eyes and the ears of the world two years ago. At the time, one of the moving images on the television screen that captivated my attention concerned … (read more)

The Real Deal For Him

February 20, 2012

Remember when grocery shopping was fun and the labels on the products actually told what to expect when you opened the package, bottle, or can? Dad and I would go grocery shopping every Friday evening. We carefully checked the list … (read more)

Words

February 19, 2012

The words we speak to one another are very powerful, and at times, we toss them about carelessly. I was recently on the receiving end of careless words tossed my way. The words that were spoken to me attacked my … (read more)

The Parable Of The Ruler

February 18, 2012

In our family, any instrument, tool, or implement that was both small and very useful was given an extra, affectionate, diminutive "ie", resulting in names like the "smallie pliers" or the "smallie screwdriver". Whenever I read, I am an inveterate … (read more)

Tools For The Job

February 17, 2012

I have a cupboard in my home office, and it is full of tools. In fact, the spare room is crammed full of toolboxes, and there are tools around the furniture. In mitigation, let me say that I do not … (read more)

The Shelter

February 16, 2012

When we moved to our acreage, there were a number of outbuildings that we weren't sure we really wanted to keep. One of them was a tall, three-sided structure which had been used for boat storage. We decided that this … (read more)

The Yellow Stain

February 15, 2012

In my refrigerator on the lower shelf, there was a large, yellow stain which I could not remove. The refrigerator was like this when we moved into our condo, and the warranty on it was outdated. The stain displeased me. … (read more)

Famine Living

February 14, 2012

He had it all and lost it all. He left wealthy and returned destitute. His father was financially prudent and saved for his son's future. He had high hopes, imagining the impact his child would make, but his dreams came … (read more)

A Satisfying Drink

February 13, 2012

Few of us go through a day without somehow encountering the effects of spiritual dryness in our society. Perhaps you have noticed that many young adolescent girls are obsessed with making their bodies sexually attractive to males. Really, they are … (read more)

Waters Of Our Lives

February 12, 2012

I often think of Peter in this situation and wonder whatever possessed him to want to get out of the boat and walk on the water towards Jesus. Peter is one of those guys that we marvel at for his … (read more)

Beset By Blessings

February 11, 2012

Our friend, Jennifer, lives on a small plot of land in the country and works as a dog breeder. It was a glorious winter's day when we went for a scenic drive through the countryside and landed on her doorstep. … (read more)

Snow Squalls

February 10, 2012

It was a bright, sunny day as I drove into town. As the day progressed, the brightness slowly started to fade, and clouds started rolling in. The sun vanished and was replaced by heavy snowfall and developing winds. All of … (read more)

The Best Friend

February 9, 2012

Although there is truly nothing better than a holiday, round about the end of the holiday, I really start to miss my friends. Why do we need friends? God made as social creatures. We need to feel unity with each … (read more)

God Hears Our Cry

February 8, 2012

I enjoy discovering stories of our history, and while I was writing the book "Historic Sussex", I found the following story that reminded me of what God has done for His children. The date was September 15, 1944, and the … (read more)

Heel And Follow

February 7, 2012

My dog always begs for a walk, regardless of the weather. But on sunny winter days, when the breeze teases my hair from beneath my toque, I am much more inclined to amble along, enjoying our day. Sometimes, her sensitive … (read more)

Even There

February 6, 2012

In my sky-blue Malibu, I was driving alone across a wide expanse of white-bright, flat, flat prairie on a narrow road untracked since the night's soft snowfall. My car tires crunched snow into the gravel, sketching parallel lines in the … (read more)

Spiritual Skates

February 5, 2012

My walks take me by a skating rink, and I enjoy watching the young and old pleasure skating to music that swells from speakers. A young one who barely walks is in good form with small skates and loving hands … (read more)

Winds Of Change

February 4, 2012

In early December 2011, we were victims of hurricane-force winds, clocked in excess of eighty miles per hour. These winds caused a power outage where I live, one which lasted several days. At the time of the power outage, we … (read more)

Our Imperishable Inheritance

February 3, 2012

Have you ever received an inheritance from someone? Several institutions and family members received an inheritance from my mother-in-law after she passed on last year. I am sure that these financial windfalls have proven to be great blessings to all … (read more)

Now You See It, Now You Don't!

February 2, 2012

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The Pioneers

February 1, 2012

We don't usually get much snow in the corner of Canada where we live, but sometimes we really get it. That happened in January, when over a period of several days, we received successive dumps of snow, accompanied by a … (read more)

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