Archive for September, 2012

Small Obedience

September 30, 2012

I guess it is possible that King David was dwelling on actual physical warfare when he penned the following words, but it makes me think of people whose words make a difference. Maybe you aren't a writer. Maybe God is … (read more)

Desert Rose

September 29, 2012

My sister, who is in the process of moving, has given me a lovely set of dinnerware china. For years, I have been fond of its elegant design, featuring hand-painted rose blossoms with a twisted briarwood and leaf pattern around … (read more)

A Friend On The Wings Of An Eagle

September 28, 2012

My pierced ears are graced with a pair of carved, silver eagles' head earrings, a gift from a friend whose life ended quickly and unexpectedly last year. When I became a hospice volunteer over eighteen years ago, Alice had already … (read more)

An Overdue Oil Change

September 27, 2012

Did you know that we people of God require regular maintenance, much like cars do? Car oil needs changing because it gets contaminated with acids, burnt fuel, carbon particles, and sludge, which reduce the efficiency of the engine. The oil … (read more)

Giant Knees

September 26, 2012

Taking my usual health walk one day, I took a rest on a park bench before continuing my effort. So it was that the tiniest of tiny bugs flew to rest on my knee. With my poor vision, how I … (read more)

The God Particle

September 25, 2012

Perhaps you caught the excited buzz from the world of nuclear physics when researchers announced that they had detected the subatomic particle named the Higgs boson. Its nickname is "The God Particle". More than forty years ago, the Higgs field … (read more)

A New Creation

September 24, 2012

Approximately two years ago, our church building was sold to a funeral company. Due to declining membership, the few members who were left found it difficult to keep up with the bills. We had no other option but to sell, … (read more)

A Divine Command

September 23, 2012

This morning when I was praying for the salvation of several relatives, as well as many individual friends, a question suddenly popped into my mind. "Do you really believe My return is imminent, Sharon?" A shiver ran all over me … (read more)

The Paper Trail

September 22, 2012

The various jobs which I have held throughout my lifetime have taught me many things, but one of the most important is to keep a paper trail. A paper trail is evidence of where we have been, what we have … (read more)

In Between

September 21, 2012

Years ago, when I was growing up in Scotland, going to the movies meant spending the whole afternoon or evening in the picture house. Instead of just previews and the main feature like today, a whole program consisted of some … (read more)

God's Vanishing Touch

September 20, 2012

R.J. had a physical and mental condition resulting in loss of feeling. He was a college mate struggling to make the grade. I distinctly remember him coming to a midwinter class with no shoes. Loss of touch created many dangerous … (read more)

All The Difference In The World

September 19, 2012

A twelve-year-old boy I will call Joey was transferred into our school able to read only a dozen or so words. His speech and language were like that of a much younger child. From an early age, this red-blond lad … (read more)

Bathsheba

September 18, 2012

King David sinned with Bathsheba. The Bible story tells us that King David saw Bathsheba bathing, and he wanted her. So he summoned her and slept with her. When she became pregnant, he tried to cover things up. When that … (read more)

Have You Heard? Have You Heard?

September 17, 2012

Over the years, whenever I would go to see the youthful and exciting presentation of Anne Of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, I would be intrigued with a special scene … (read more)

Standing At The Ready

September 16, 2012

God gave very careful instructions to His people when they were about to leave Egypt, not only how to identify themselves as children of the living God by the blood of the lamb daubed over the door posts, but also … (read more)

Dissolved Plans

September 15, 2012

Years ago, my grandfather had a small lodge in an old farmhouse beside a lake just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. One summer when I was about nine years old, I was visiting him at the lodge, and one evening … (read more)

The Point Of No Return

September 14, 2012

A recent bike ride took me into new territory, but not so new that I hadn't been over it before. I had driven in the car that way many times, but had never ridden my bike. As I rode along, … (read more)

Trouble

September 13, 2012

We've been having a little line trouble at our house lately. The telephone line has a buzz and the computer line is not hooking up to the Internet properly. May I be totally honest with you? I've been having some … (read more)

Let It Shine

September 12, 2012

The lamps that gave light to Solomon's temple were fashioned by Hiram, a master craftsman who worked in gold and silver. He made the lamps of purest gold. Each lamp was fed with a steady flow of the finest grade … (read more)

Bells Of Gold

September 11, 2012

In the little Pennsylvania town where I grew up, every Sunday morning, church bells could be heard from miles away, calling the faithful to worship. In addition, during the Roman Catholic mass, I recall the gentle ringing of altar bells … (read more)

Grace Needed, Not Patience!

September 10, 2012

Yesterday, I waited patiently for my husband to call me and say that he was ready to be picked up. Actually, I should correct that — and say that I waited impatiently! I took him to hospital as he was … (read more)

Be Ready

September 9, 2012

On one recent evening, at ten o'clock, our daughter and her husband were told by the local firemen to be ready in case they had to evacuate their house. There had been a major propane leak at the gas station in their small village, and …( read more )

Whom Do You Follow?

September 8, 2012

One day, a month or so ago, upon coming to a relatively short, but busy corner that I've crossed many a time, I was so engrossed in my thoughts (no, not texting or on my cell phone — just my … (read more)

The Threatening Fire

September 7, 2012

I was alone in a big shed, and suddenly, I saw a fire beginning to smoulder in a pile of scrap materials on the floor. I ran to the phone and dialed 911. The phone was dead. I tried again. … (read more)

The Move

September 6, 2012

Our son is now unemployed and homeless. A recent university graduate with big dreams and empty pockets, he was facing one of life's crossroads: return home or stay put — security versus opportunity. The scenic university town had captured his … (read more)

Surgery

September 5, 2012

Recently, I experienced a setback in regard to a simple surgical procedure on my eyes. I had carefully completed all the needed preparations for the forty-five-minute surgery, only to be told at the last minute that it had to be … (read more)

Looking Straight To Jesus

September 4, 2012

When I am kayaking out on the ocean, sometimes it is glassy calm. At other times, there are waves — lots and lots of waves. When I'm paddling with the wind, I find it exhilarating to surf the big waves, … (read more)

A Quiet Place

September 3, 2012

Have you noticed how noisy the world around us seems to be these days? Most of us have the television or a radio on almost all the time. We see people with cellphones, ipods, walkman radios. We seem to crave … (read more)

Unscathed

September 2, 2012

For as long as I can recall, it has been important to me to come daily before our Lord in prayer, making my requests for self and others known, in the sure knowledge that our Father listens and responds to … (read more)

Plans Of Life

September 1, 2012

I love to read those little italicized additions to verses of my Bible. The Bible version that I most enjoy is Zondervan's Amplified Bible. As we are instructed to read and study the Word throughout our lives, many stories, commandments, … (read more)

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