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The Beans

November 26, 2017

I had never made baked beans from scratch, but recently, I decided to do so. I was amazed that the beans needed not only to soak overnight but also to boil gently for another hour after soaking and then to cook on low in my slow cooker …( read more )

A Time For Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017

The national holiday for giving thanks in the United States of America is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This custom stems from the three-day thanksgiving feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag …( read more )

Recognizing Danger

November 19, 2017

One morning in late August, my wife discovered a big clump of wasps or bees on a branch of the cedar tree near the flower garden behind our house. She called me to have a look at it, and I thought that it was a nest being built by wasps. …( 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 )

One Thing To Be Thankful For

October 6, 2017

Throughout our married years, as times and people came and went, our Thanksgivings consisted of hosting parents, relatives, friends, university students, and then, our adult children and little grandkids. However, as time moved on, …( read more )

Love Lifted Me

April 18, 2017

The hymn writer, James Rowe, penned the hymn, Love lifted me. When I sing the first few words, "I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore," I am brought back to my childhood. I was going home from my friend's house, which …( read more )

The Fox

March 28, 2017

Anakin Nibbles is rather a spoilt old gentleman guinea pig that enjoys being out in the run in the garden sunshine, as the weather allows, and grazing the grass. In winter, when it is cold enough, he comes into the conservatory, and in …( read more )

Good-bye, Stale Prayers

March 3, 2017

While driving to an appointment across town, I was listening to my favourite Christian radio station. The pastor was teaching on the topic of prayer. He caught my attention when he asked the following questions: Are your prayers becoming …( read more )

Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

January 6, 2017

I am a person living with a mental illness. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder many years ago, when I was in my thirties. Given the nature of the illness, I have naturally had ups and downs. Each and every day, I need to make sure …( read more )

Not Alone

November 28, 2016

The second I started singing "O, come, O come, Emmanuel," I knew that I was in trouble. It was going to be difficult, of course, but this soon? The first hymn of the first Sunday in Advent, 2015, and already I was crying. How was I, a …( read more )

Have A Healthy Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016

Have you noticed how often the apostle Paul opens his letters with expressions of thanksgiving for people, specifically the believers? – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. *(1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV …( read more )

The Secret

August 31, 2016

The goats are going away today, not forever, but probably until the fall. Friends have an acreage with a large, securely fenced pasture, full of tall, lush grass, and they asked if the goats could go and stay with them and clear this …( read more )

The Importance Of Prayer

August 30, 2016

A favourite hymn of mine is The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended, and the fourth verse never fails to move me: The sun that bids us rest is waking Our brethren 'neath the western sky, And hour by hour fresh lips are making Thy wondrous …( read more )

Just Use Your GPS!

January 6, 2016

"Just use your GPS!" my cousin advised after I had asked her for a city map. I needed a map to find a friend's house; but she didn't have one. I felt rather foolish after hearing her suggestion. How silly of me to resort to the …( read more )

He Knows My Name

November 5, 2015

I find it rather embarrassing these days that when I go to greet someone whom I have known for ages, suddenly her name is gone from my mind. It is especially annoying when I am in the middle of an introduction and I draw a blank. I know …( read more )

A New Partnership

October 5, 2015

A new pastor was settling into a new church. The toilet wouldn't work so he called the plumber. The next day he found a broken light switch so he called the electrician. On Sunday, the president of the church council said, "You know, the …( 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 )

God's Choir

June 20, 2015

On one recent morning, heading out to my weekly exercise program took every ounce of willpower I possessed. It was a chilly, grey, drizzly day, and my aching bones were screaming at me to go back to bed. As I was climbing into my car, I …( read more )

The Search

May 8, 2015

Twenty people in our little town were searching. Two hours had passed. The bush was thick. The paths were many. The chill of night crept closer. Would the elderly gentleman who had wandered away from his home be found in time? …( read more )

Thankful For Good Advice

March 8, 2015

Many years ago, when I first started hearing audible voices, I was in touch with a dear friend from my teenage days. She gave me the following good, sound advice: This is hard advice to follow, but it helps me very much: Keep an attitude …( read more )

The Loop-The-Loop

March 1, 2015

Frank was enjoying his gallop along the winding road every bit as much as we were. The evening sparkled and hosted just enough breeze to deter the bugs and bring refreshment from the heat of the day. As we approached our friend's …( read more )

So What?

February 23, 2015

It was -20 degrees, with a wind chill factor of -30. I definitely did not want to go out into that deepfreeze. So what? a little voice in my head seemed to ask. Your dog has to go out. Would you rather not have this dog? That thought …( read more )

Are We Ready?

January 29, 2015

As Tuesday closed in New York City, there was a strange silence. The streets were almost vacant of the usual flow of cars and trucks. They had disappeared, trying to avoid the coming blizzard. The weather forecasters had predicted a …( read more )

Songs From The Arena

September 2, 2014

Most of us who have worked or travelled in Israel, Greece, Turkey, or Italy have on our sightseeing tours been in the ruins of the different arenas, sometimes called theatres, of that time. These structures were able to accommodate many …( read more )

Talking To God

July 8, 2014

The local Long Term Care Centre, where I've volunteered for the last twelve years, provides residency for 77 people; there is a staff of 92, and there are 71 registered volunteers. The local Ministerial Association holds a worship service …( read more )

Off The Cliff

July 5, 2014

Let me start off with some home truths. First and foremost, I am a klutz. Secondly, I really procrastinate when it comes to making a decision and taking action. I have been pondering awhile on completing and submitting a meditation to …( read more )

When Words Fail Us

May 26, 2014

In many places, the Bible tells us about prayer; there are too many to begin to mention even a few of them. But to be honest, I find that prayer becomes such a ritualistic activity at times. We pray before meals; some do it after, as …( read more )

The Preparation

March 20, 2014

When we moved from suburbia to a small northern town in British Columbia, Canada, the house we purchased came with a drilled well that produced lots of clean, fresh water. We were thus not prepared when the following spring, the water …( read more )

A Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013

Giving thanks doesn't rate highly in the socially-networked world where everyone is texting — very often to the person sitting next to them. Too many of us are so busy being "connected" that we have become disengaged from the world …( read more )

The Stretch

November 26, 2013

Remember, before cordless phones, how those old, curly phone cords could be stretched and stretched and stretched? In fact, I recall that when my kids were small, the four-foot phone cord in the kitchen eventually stretched to more than …( read more )

Tsunami Hazard Zone

September 6, 2013

In August, our family spent a week on the coast of Oregon, U.S.A. Each day, we observed the power of the waves coming in off the open Pacific Ocean, and each night, we camped within the sound of their roaring. As I played with the children …( read more )

Waiting On The Light

May 21, 2013

A recent trip to Tennessee, U.S.A., had us travelling throughout the night. Around 5:30 a.m., I began to look for signs of daybreak. It was overcast, and we had driven through rain during the night, so although I was not expecting to see a …( read more )

Seasons Of God's Redeeming Love

October 7, 2012

Just a little while ago, springtime — a season of rebirth and awakening — brought new life, leading to the bounty of summer. But summer is over, and another season has followed. Walking hand-in-hand with joy and hope have come … (read more)

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