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After Sundown And Forever

July 1, 2011

I heard the bangs of fireworks in my room. The city is celebrating Canada Day with a display of fireworks after sundown. Colours burst into the air in all shapes and forms. Laughter echoes, rising with each display. The handlers … (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 Songs Of Childhood

August 10, 2008

It is not unusual to hear a troubadour on the street playing and singing for the people passing by. Even from a distance away, amid the traffic, one can hear the melody of the guitar and the voice of the … (read more)

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

August 5, 2008

I spend a lot of time looking out my seventh-floor window. I have never lived in this high a place before. It is as if I am perched high above a panorama opening to my field of vision. Amongst the … (read more)

Real God

June 27, 2008

Another humid summer day with scorching sunshine was challenging. A cold water bottle was growing hot, and a towel was needed to dry up the drips. The ground was sizzling as the sun kept sending more of its rays of … (read more)

Undivided Truth

April 12, 2008

I have come to realize a lack of self-study. Just when I think I have it all together, something happens to make me see a need for a deeper inner look at myself. In a given situation, I often fail … (read more)

Sunday Morning

April 6, 2008

It was one of those Sunday mornings when I was tempted to stay home. A small spiritual battle was taking place, like a tug-of-war. A pretext lifted its ugly head, and it was a fight. I had recently moved from … (read more)

The List

March 17, 2008

Long ago, I began the habit of keeping a record of ailments and illnesses that had come to visit me. The list is long, including measles, mumps as an adult, viral infections, surgery, and pneumonia. I also began to keep … (read more)

Our Existing Home

March 9, 2008

By an unexpected incident, I ended up visiting in a well-kept and stylish retirement home. Standing at the nicely-carved front entrance, I waited to be let in. The plush carpets, leather chairs, sofas, and mahogany furniture were many grades up … (read more)

Oh, That Homemade Bread!

March 5, 2008

One day as I was sitting in a group having coffee, the talk of the hour circled around homemade bread. Hands literally acted as if making the bread — kneading, folding — dark rye, white, corn bread. One could taste … (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Any Age – One Lord!

January 18, 2008

It's my age that makes a conversation piece at chit-chats. Someone's birthday brings us to think of our ages, and we begin the guessing. I am not good at guessing ages, but others bravely do so. What is systematically amazing … (read more)

Passing A Story

December 15, 2007

I am reminded of a game where a message is repeated from one person to another, around a circle. Usually, when it comes back to the sender, it is a brand new message. Hardly anything of the original is left. … (read more)

Advent Candles

December 2, 2007

Advent: a time of waiting, preparing, expectation. Even in the rush of life, a moment of silence and observation enters the heart that is open to the reason for the season. We know that peace comes from God's peace, that … (read more)

Prepare The Way For The Lord

November 30, 2003

Planning is my favourite pastime. I plan for days, weeks, even months, and such planning brings me the onset of expectations to anticipate results. On a good day, I might do more in a day than all week. I call … (read more)

Growing Old

January 28, 2003

It was time to have my hearing tested. While I waited at the doctor's office for my appointment, around me, I observed fellow geriatrics with walkers and canes. A lady with a hearing aid smiled from her chair to everyone. … (read more)

The Weeds Were Bad This Year

January 17, 2003

"The weeds were bad this year," was the general subject of conversation in the country. I could attest to this fact, as I had been pulling weeds out of a strawberry field, which was contaminated, within days, with thick stems, … (read more)

Great Joy Has Come

December 20, 2002

My grandmother was from a God-fearing family of parents and children, nurtured in the admonition of the Lord. I was the first grandchild for my grandmother, visiting her often. She continued to carry on the faith, and would take me … (read more)

Pleased To Dwell In The Things Of God!

November 26, 2002

Since retiring to live on a hobby farm with my daughter's family, I have taken an interest to try my hand on gardening. I can be found at sunrise planting, raking, cutting grass, and pulling weeds as tall as corn … (read more)

Beyond Destruction And Above Calamity

October 28, 2002

Recently, while my oldest son was going through a personal struggle, I learned that I could still be happy in the Lord, right in the midst of chaos. How is this possible? Even when one is amid crushing events, and … (read more)

The Mountains Have Doors

October 24, 2002

Over the years, I have become one to call upon the Lord when mountains appeared, valleys had to be passed through, or seas had to be to crossed. These were mountains of illness, unemployment, and personal struggle, valleys deep into … (read more)

Blest Be The Day

October 18, 2002

Recently my oldest son was going through a personal struggle. As I awoke slowly from a restless night, my first thought was that the new day did not seem too welcoming. But I have learned that the promises of God's … (read more)

Fruits Established Early

October 12, 2002

Each child is different, as we all are. My three-year-old great-grandson, Daniel, knocks things down accidentally, but is quick to say, "I'm sorry." He is almost overly careful, for a healthy and spunky three-year-old. Together we dried the floor with … (read more)

At The Table Of The Lord

October 6, 2002

What did the writer of Proverbs have in his mind when recording these words? Why should we read them today? Why should we hear them and place them in our hearts? It seems that God was using the writer of … (read more)

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

October 2, 2002

I am 73 years old, with four children (three boys and a girl), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. My husband went to be with the Lord eight years ago. My native language is Finnish. My three-and-a-half-year-old great-grandson is extremely interested … (read more)

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