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Nudges From Above

July 7, 2017

A Presbyterian church is located midway between our community of Nanaimo, in central Vancouver Island, and the community of Qualicum Beach, a 45-minute drive north of us. Behind the church, a cross is carefully outlined in a sacred plot …( read more )

Lest We Forget

August 24, 2015

I have a black silicone bracelet on my wrist that I put around my watch to protect the crystal. It tends to keep moving off, so I keep putting it back on. This is not the primary reason that I wear it, but perhaps, the constant on and …( read more )

Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye

August 14, 2015

Often's the time when attending a celebration of life for the spouse or relative of a friend that the title of today's devotional has come to mind. It is also the title of a book about President John Fitzgerald Kennedy from the …( read more )

Journey To Jerusalem – Not What You Think!

September 10, 2014

This devotional has been running around my mind and onto several pieces of paper several times for months, and in that time, horrendous wars have erupted in the world with unspeakable atrocities committed. So the irony and seriousness of …( read more )

Do They Know It's Christmas?

December 13, 2013

In 1984, Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote a song titled Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise money for the people of Ethiopia who were in dire need due to the famine which lasted from 1983 to 1985. Many musicians gathered together …( read more )

Cruising From Comedy To Worship

March 5, 2013

The cruise director on a recent cruise doubled, or should I say tripled, as a comedian at night and conducted the non-denominational service on Sunday. It was a smaller cruise line; the number of staff and passengers totalled almost …( read more )

If I Take The Wings Of The Morning

October 30, 2012

Years ago, this Scripture was quoted to me by a dear friend and family doctor as being the epitaph on a simple stone marking the grave of the famous American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist, Charles Lindbergh, on … (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)

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 Million Dollar Club

August 7, 2012

Last year, a friend told me someone had welcomed her to The Million Dollar Club. My obviously naive knowledge of that phrase was limited. I thought that it had to do with real estate agents, and knowing that she was … (read more)

Clogs

April 16, 2012

I have long loved shoes known as clogs. They were a saving grace to me over forty years ago when I was expecting our first child and stood on cement floors for most of the day at work — and … (read more)

A Word To The Whys

January 15, 2012

English was always my favourite subject, though sometimes a teacher or two could be a bit challenging. (Admittedly, we students were probably challenging at times!) Such was one teacher we had in Grade 8. When asked a question, he often … (read more)

We Are Family

November 3, 2011

In February 1997, a month after my father's passing, my brothers and I, living in different parts of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, each received a letter from a third cousin once removed (as my mother would say) of my … (read more)

Could We Do It?

June 23, 2011

By now, most of the North American continent, if not the world, knows of the finding and rescue of Rita Chretien of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. This extraordinary woman survived for 49 days from March 19th to May 6th, stuck … (read more)

Oh, Now I Get It!

June 4, 2011

What a thrill it is to accompany our children those first years of school, to wait outside with them until the bell rings, and, often, to help out in the classroom. The thrill is again granted with our grandchildren, and … (read more)

The Smiling Shark

January 9, 2011

This devotional offers twofold evidence for trusting in God. Firstly, while lunching with a dear friend one day, we exchanged our experiences in putting our faith in God helping us locate lost articles. When we "give it to God", admitting … (read more)

Sometimes It Is The Destination

August 30, 2010

With increasing technology allowing us instantaneous information and the ability to be connected at all times, more and more, we are urged to live in the moment, in the Now. The message to us is that It is the journey, … (read more)

It Changed My Life Forever

June 24, 2010

It is totally understandable that not everyone receives, understands, or accepts a message in exactly the same way. Some of us learn differently or respond differently to what we are taught or the way we are taught, or to what … (read more)

A Way Out

April 9, 2010

The Olympic and Paralympic Games held in our province are now history. And whether people had tickets to games or were among those of us who just were able to experience the experience, there will be endless stories to tell. … (read more)

Snow Tires

November 27, 2009

It's that time of year again when we need either to change over to our snow tires or to purchase new ones. There is a saying which goes, The more things change, the more they stay the same. When I … (read more)

This Little Light Of Mine

September 27, 2009

A lonely light illuminates the entrance of a dim hallway in a building that not so long ago thrived with throngs of people on many occasions. Peeling paint on the woodwork accompanies dandelions dotting an overgrown lawn, signifying neglect of … (read more)

At What Point Are We Satisfied?

August 23, 2009

At the beginning of August here in British Columbia, Canada, we are setting record temperatures, while experiencing the longest straight stretch of a heat wave for only the third time since 1880. While in parts of our province, wildfires are … (read more)

Taking The Robin's Lead

May 25, 2009

Most days, as I walk through the gully which has a series of stairs, trails, and bridges behind our home, invariably, a robin flies before me, stops, and waits until I almost reach the point where it has stopped, then … (read more)

That's Not My Style

March 13, 2009

At the end of our holiday through Spain and Portugal last fall, we had returned our rental car and were waiting for the bus to our hotel at the airport in Madrid. An older gentleman with ruffled white hair, wearing … (read more)

Paperwhites

March 9, 2009

I was given a gift in a bowl, which, due to the conversation at the time of the giving of the gift, I thought to be a gift of homemade cookies. So, I lifted the lid just a touch, saw … (read more)

The Legacy Of The Leaf

January 19, 2009

In years past, I've pretty well cleared up the leaves that are left on the ground after they have fallen and been blown around. Three years ago, I was away a great deal, getting in some good Nana time, as … (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)

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)

How Old Will You Be?

September 16, 2008

One day not so long ago, our eldest granddaughter, who is just six, asked me how old I was. Then she asked me how much older I was than she. I explained that I was almost 54 years older than … (read more)

It's Not Me

September 11, 2008

John Stuart's Surprise Package devotional of June 22, 2008, was about his receiving a package from Canada, following his Christian Candy devotional of May 6, 2008, wherein he divulged his love of chocolate. The "surprise package" … (read more)

Striving To Stay In The Light

July 5, 2008

Do you ever start reading something, convinced that you know the main thought or plot and/or how it is going to end up? I do, on occasion, and am sometimes correct. Not so, however, with Julie Bowles' devotional on May … (read more)

Did She Keep The Feather?

June 13, 2008

Four years ago, when our now almost-six-year-old granddaughter was "almost two", she and I found a feather together while out walking and exploring. Immediately, she wanted me to bring it home with us and put it on the aerial of … (read more)

Reunions

May 26, 2008

Some of my family and friends quite like reunions. While I'm not a proponent of regular reunions, attending one once in awhile is a good thing. It connects us with those with whom we may have lost touch over the … (read more)

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