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The Gift Of Giving

December 8, 2017

Every year, our families participated in a "Secret Santa" event. Into a bowl, we would put folded pieces of paper with our names on them, and each person would draw a name for the next Christmas. They would then buy a gift for that person …( read more )

Modern Technology

November 25, 2017

Last week as my husband was vacuuming his bedroom, a gust of wind blew through the open patio door and slammed shut his bedroom door so hard that the pictures on the living room wall on the other side came crashing down. One picture landed …( read more )

Consistency

November 2, 2017

I belong to a writer's group that meets twice a month. When we get together, we have a ten-minute writing exercise, share a homework assignment, and engage in constructive criticism on two or three pages of something that we have been …( read more )

Forgiveness Is Necessary

October 23, 2017

When we immigrated to Canada, we had to rent flats in various houses until my father and mother had saved enough money for a down payment on a house of their own. I remember my mother telling me that the very first flat that they rented …( read more )

The Rabbit Hole

October 14, 2017

Was there ever a time in your life when you just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide away from reality? Sometimes, I have thought that it would be so nice to fall down a rabbit hole, like Alice in Wonderland, and find a fantasy world at …( read more )

A Time Of Uncertainty

October 1, 2017

What is happening on our planet? Wildfires are raging in one part of our world, devastating hurricanes and tornadoes are destroying buildings and lives in other parts of our planet, and protests and an impending war are headlining the …( read more )

Angels All Around Us

September 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered how you escaped a car accident with only a scratch, whereas it could have been so much worse? I have, on many occasions. There were times, while driving my car, when I changed the radio station or inserted a music …( read more )

Once Upon A Time

August 23, 2017

It is a beautiful evening. The sky is painted with brush strokes of deep purple and orange, with splashes of pink throughout the expanse. The waves create a melodious chant, as they gently kiss the shoreline. The wind is warm as it blows …( read more )

Down In The Dumps

August 13, 2017

Sometimes, when situations arise over which I have no control, and I feel particularly overwhelmed, retreating to the comfort of my bed is wonderful. It is especially nice if I am having a good dream. In our dreams, we escape from pain and …( read more )

In The Desert

August 3, 2017

"Return to Me." I heard a voice speaking from somewhere. When I first started writing for the PresbyCan Daily Devotional, I was inspired. I wrote, or more importantly, I was granted inspiration to share what God had done in my life. …( read more )

Role Models

July 26, 2017

The dictionary defines a role model as a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated. There are role models everywhere. Some portray an example of good and some of evil. We look to movie stars, entertainers, famous people, …( read more )

Pruning

July 13, 2017

Springtime is usually the time when I replant my indoor plants into fresh new potting soil. As I was transplanting the plants into bigger pots, I noticed that one plant had grown so much that it almost touched the ceiling. It was long and …( read more )

Divine Direction

July 5, 2017

As the days became longer and warmer, my thoughts turned to cleaning up my flower beds, purchasing hanging baskets, and getting my hummingbird feeder out of storage. I was preparing and boiling the mixture of water and sugar, when my …( read more )

The Pine Cone

June 21, 2017

A lonely pine cone was lying on my driveway. I looked around to see if there were others, but I couldn't see any more, and I wondered where it had come from and how it had got there. As I thought about this solitary pine cone, the song, "I …( read more )

Big Mistake!

June 11, 2017

Have you ever had a day when it seemed that everything went wrong? One Saturday, my husband and I attended an information session at the Huronia Museum, where we listened to an elder share her story of the indigenous way of life. We also …( read more )

Instinct Or Divine Leading?

June 3, 2017

Have you ever wondered how robins know when to leave their seasonal homes before the weather gets colder, or when to return again? When they return, how do they know to build a nest, and how? What drives juvenile sockeye salmon to remain …( read more )

Unsung Heroes

April 15, 2017

We remember the bad times, the bad news, and the bad people who have affected our lives by what they have done. Every day, television and newspapers scream out tragedies, horrific devastation, and suffering. Our minds are automatically …( read more )

God's Handiwork Is Everywhere

April 6, 2017

Have you ever examined the seed head of a dandelion before you puckered your lips together, blew, and watched its seeds scatter and rise into the air to fly away? Have you ever seen a double rainbow? Or have you ever examined a snowflake …( read more )

The Visitation

March 16, 2017

The symptoms of vascular dementia include memory loss, confusion, and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, or language that are serious enough to interfere with daily life. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged because of …( read more )

Lost And Found

February 20, 2017

Not too long ago, I joined a weight loss class. I finally accepted the fact that I needed help, and that I could not lose the weight on my own. To date, I've lost thirty-seven pounds, and I have gone down two dress sizes. I have also lost …( read more )

Snow, Snow, And More Snow

February 4, 2017

The sun's rays illuminated the freshly fallen snow outside my living room window. Thousands and thousands of miniature diamonds glistened in the sun. There's nothing like freshly fallen snow. It is pure white, soft, and fluffy as it falls …( read more )

Contents Sale

January 15, 2017

Last fall, I had a contents sale of my mother's personal stuff that she no longer needed or would have use of, as she had moved into a retirement facility. There were glasses, dishes, oil heaters, a wall unit, a sofa, a table and chairs, …( read more )

The Shopping Trip

November 30, 2016

This verse came to mind as I glanced at the time displayed on my iPad as I was waiting for my aunt to finish her grocery shopping the other day. The time was 3:16 p.m. I drive my aunt to shop for her groceries, the bank, and sometimes to …( read more )

The Light Of Christ

November 10, 2016

It was approximately two years after our two denominational churches came together and worshipped as one congregation that our pastor/priest retired, and our new church was looking for another minister to take her place. After almost a …( read more )

Letting Go

September 29, 2016

My mother, with whom my husband and I have been living, is in a retirement facility. At some point in time, a decision will have to be made regarding the house that we live in. I remember the time when my mother asked us to move in with …( read more )

Why Me, Lord?

September 16, 2016

Have you ever felt sorry for yourself and asked that age-old question "Why me, Lord?" I hope that some of my readers have been there, so that I don't feel all alone. As some of you are probably aware, my life has been turned upside down. …( read more )

Changes

August 20, 2016

Approximately six years ago, just after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, my husband had a stroke. Living with a husband who constantly leaves drawers and cupboard doors open, who is always looking for his keys and glasses, and who leaves …( read more )

The Blackbird

August 4, 2016

The air was warm, and a gentle breeze caressed my face. I was sitting in a recliner on the back porch of our house. Our view is amazing: pine trees, oak trees, and other tall trees surround the backyard property. As I was relaxing, I …( read more )

Time Flies

July 12, 2016

It has been quite some time since I sat down and started writing again. I was leafing through my journal and noticed similarities in my thought pattern and entries: March 4, 2015 – It has been a long time since I made myself to take time …( read more )

An Act Of Kindness

June 3, 2016

Mom's five-month local hospital stay started with two fractured vertebrae. After some X-rays and MRIs, the doctors decided that she needed to get the fractured vertebrae fixed, so she was transferred to another hospital that was …( read more )

A New Wave Of Service

February 19, 2016

Do you feel it? It seems that there is a new wave of the Holy Spirit blowing through our churches. There is a restlessness growing within our pews, an uneasiness, a feeling of excitement stirring from within. The Christian community today …( read more )

What Is God Like?

February 9, 2016

When someone talks about God, do you envision Him as an old man with a long white beard, looking down from heaven and surveying the earth and its inhabitants? Or do you see God as an invisible force, unattainable and unreachable? …( read more )

Temporary Living Quarters

February 1, 2016

Approximately eight years ago, my father passed away. My mother, who lived two houses down from our place, did not want to stay by herself any longer. She asked us whether we would consider moving in with her if she found a place with a …( read more )

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