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Piercing The Mist

June 18, 2017

I am so glad that my late husband, a Canadian, loved holidaying in the United Kingdom and Europe. We usually began in England by visiting a Christian couple in Norwich. Every time we went to that city, we always visited the Norwich …( read more )

The Power Of Darkness

June 2, 2017

When my husband and I began to travel by boat up the inside passage on the west coast of Canada, there was one stipulation that I made, and that was that we would never travel at night. However, there was one occasion when we were …( read more )

Preparing For The Impossible

April 1, 2017

An incident that happened some fifty years ago is as detailed in my mind as though it were yesterday. The only difference today is my attitude — an attitude of grateful thanks to my heavenly Father, Who was not only aware of the …( read more )

A Morning Promise

June 9, 2015

Even amidst a hectic and chaotic lifestyle, it is still important to seek out those few quiet moments early in the day and dedicate the day to the Lord. Perhaps you can identify with a Christian family that I know of, whose day begins …( read more )

Shadows And Light

December 27, 2014

Because of our past year, we are perhaps anticipating a new year of shadows and darkness, but regardless, has not our Jesus brought us through to this moment in time? If we could see the future, would we require faith? If we were to see …( read more )

No Coward Soul Is Mine

August 27, 2014

On the door of my refrigerator are pictures of my family and friends, but scattered amongst them are various little quotations, which mean a lot to me. I have a quotation from that wonderfully well-known writer Emily Brontë (1818-1848) …( read more )

Oh! Those Deadheads

August 7, 2014

Many years ago, when my husband and I sailed up the inside passage of the west coast of Canada to the border of Alaska, we had charts and maps to enable us to be aware of rocks and projecting land masses, but there could not be any …( read more )

Those Secret Moments

July 27, 2014

Though I was young and inexperienced, I was appointed to be responsible for the evening talk. There would be a fairly large group. Oh, how I agonized over that presentation, praying that the subject would be appropriate for those in …( read more )

The Guardian Of Our Hearts

July 16, 2014

As we look at our world of the twenty-first century, are we not amazed at the conditions which it reflects globally? Individual countries are fighting each other. Countries are fighting against their own people, and by force, not only …( read more )

The Prayer Chain

July 7, 2014

During my growing-up years, Christianity was an integral part of my lifestyle. Very soon after I met the young man who was to become my husband, I was taken to his family home to be introduced to his loved ones. I quickly learned that the …( read more )

Simply Trust Him

June 4, 2014

I remember well one day when my husband and I were travelling up the inside passage on the west coast of Canada from Vancouver towards the border of Alaska, and my husband discovered that our boat could sail only forward. Try as he might …( read more )

The King Of Kings

December 28, 2013

Whenever I hear of the description "wise men" given to the magi, I immediately think of a very elderly Christian gentleman who attended my church and who had printed in large letters on his small suitcase the words, "Wise men are still …( read more )

A Tsimshian Wedding

February 10, 2013

I remember, as if it were yesterday, attending a Tsimshian wedding. Many years ago, my husband and I travelled up the west coast of Canada, to share the wonderful message of the gospel of the living Christ. For our financial support, we …( read more )

Kindness, Gentleness, And Forgiveness

January 1, 2013

As Christians, what a tremendous challenge is presented to us in the prayer which our Lord taught the listeners of His day. We sometimes repeat the Lord's Prayer so glibly, without fully considering the responsibilities of our words or …( 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)

Time, Our Most Precious Commodity

August 21, 2012

When I was a new Christian, I was so enthralled with the singing of the congregation, their beautiful harmony, and their enthusiasm, that I did not even comprehend the meaning of the words, until one day, the congregation sang that … (read more)

Faith's Stepping Stones

July 22, 2012

When Saul looked at the outward appearance of David, he immediately doubted his ability to fight the massive soldier. This attitude did not dampen David's enthusiasm. He related his personal experiences with a powerful God Who enabled him to overcome … (read more)

Oh, Those Lost Opportunities!

July 5, 2012

My work and my living accommodation were both in the same building — thus my little boxer dog was usually at my feet under the desk. But she was getting restless, and I realized that it was time to take … (read more)

Shadows Of Our Lamp

June 2, 2012

It was towards the end of the day, and the children were at last in bed and asleep after a day of racing here and there, and swimming in the lake. The two dogs from two families, stretched out in … (read more)

Love: Silent, But Deep

October 31, 2011

Some years ago, I visited a particular nursing home regularly. It was an extremely affluent establishment. With even one casual glance, a newcomer would find this to be quite evident. I would visit the many guests, and one lady, although … (read more)

Little Children Welcomed

September 28, 2011

A career change for my husband took us to another city where we quickly found a church of our choice. Here, my husband found a great admirer, a very elderly man with the mind of a little child. His vocabulary … (read more)

It's Never Too Late!

September 12, 2011

My late husband was a chaplain attached to the local Royal Canadian Legion, and when one of the members was near death, his two nephews approached my husband to conduct their uncle's funeral service. My husband readily agreed, although he … (read more)

Shadows Of Our Lamp

June 7, 2011

It was toward the end of the day of a big family gathering. The children were at last in bed and asleep after a day of swimming in the lake and racing here and there. The dogs from two families … (read more)

Pray? Who Has Time?

May 6, 2011

Today, time has become our most precious commodity, and we are often tempted to allow prayer to be crowded out with all the demands placed upon our lives. But the value of prayer in the Christian life is without price. … (read more)

We Gave Our Mother Violets

April 3, 2011

In 1978, my sister and I returned to England, the land of our birth, on vacation, and visited the church where our parents were married and where we had attended as little children. The church was not damaged during the … (read more)

Exceeding Great Joy

December 13, 2010

In Matthew's gospel, we have a mere capsular account of one of the most miraculous happenings in the history of mankind and the world. Not only did a new star appear in the heavens at the precise moment in time … (read more)

Christmas Is For Strangers

December 7, 2010

Some fifty years ago, some people gave of their very special family time, their talents, and their gifts to bring the joy of Christmas to a very mixed group of strangers, whom they would never see or contact again for … (read more)

He Restoreth My Soul

September 30, 2010

We often come to the end of our day with many of this world's stormy implications invading our thoughts. Sometimes, it's the impact of world news, where, for example, some people inflict great cruelty upon many others of their own … (read more)

Living At The Altar

July 16, 2010

My mother-in-law was born in the early twentieth century, in a farming community. It was a time when wealth was measured by the results of a crop, or the unexpected birth of twin calves, or the wintering of a harsh … (read more)

Ready For His Service

February 13, 2010

Millie, the lamb, began life in a most unusual way. Her mother, a frisky adventuresome ewe, somehow found her way into the straw mow — an area above the cattle stalls. The mow was covered with thick layers of straw, … (read more)

In The Darkness

October 8, 2009

These men were blind; they walked in darkness, and yet, they were able to follow Jesus. Initially, Jesus did not even speak to them. Regardless, they still continued to follow Him. How did they know the way? Did they follow … (read more)

A Gentle Rebuke

September 18, 2009

Discouragement can so easily settle down in our spirit! I have a habit of "teacher marking" particular tasks in which I have participated. I used to say to my late husband, "Ron, I failed." Looking at me with his blue … (read more)

Amidst The Brokenness, The Cross Remains

April 16, 2009

I was a young girl walking home one moonlit night in London, England, when I became aware of a church which had recently been bombed. The roof, lovingly built a thousand years before, lay in heaps; some of the walls … (read more)

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