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God's Comfort Continues

January 29, 2017

Today, our firstborn would have been 60 years old. I wrote about that a few years ago in devotional called God's Comfort . In it, I explained in some detail the events of the day when our first child was born but did not live. Over the …( read more )

An Encouraging, Comforting Sister

November 10, 2015

It seemed as though my well had run dry regarding devotional material, because I have only so many experiences to draw from. But I had an email today from a sister in Christ. After commenting on one of my devotionals, she wrote, "I pray …( read more )

Warmth

June 12, 2015

As I walked in the centre of town on a cold day in springtime, I was momentarily warmed and caressed by a body of air as it moved with me down the street. It was issuing forth from a large department store entrance. The manner of its …( read more )

No Way! Ya Way!

March 23, 2013

My friend and I had quite a conversation the other day. I remember her saying, "There is absolutely no way that I am going to do this! No way!" To which, without thinking, I replied, "Ya way!" What I meant to say was "Yes way!" We both …( read more )

High Wind – Higher Faith

April 20, 2012

A 100-kilometre-per-hour wind seemed like a lot more on my seventh-floor balcony when I struggled to get out to remedy a situation that had the two chairs on the balcony in the gusting wind. One was securely tied into the … (read more)

Hurricanes

September 29, 2010

In the southern United States, we are in the time period known as Hurricane Season. At this time, we are more likely to have devastating weather. But even if some areas of the land, the coastline, and the Caribbean receive … (read more)

Amens From Our Hearts

May 11, 2010

In three most important ceremonies in my life, I gave my solemn promises, vows, and agreements. I gave assent to, and made my marriage vows from my heart to the boy I loved, I made my renewed covenant vows to … (read more)

A Mountaintop Experience

April 17, 2010

As I read the devotional on December 26, 2009, by Rosemary Renninson, entitled " Messiah Born ", and as the mother of two girls myself, I envisioned Mary wrapping her baby in the swaddling cloths with her own hands. I … (read more)

The Robber

October 25, 2009

Ginger and Joey were brothers, and much like human brothers, these two cats had their spats. Ginger is a quiet, unassuming creature, placid and amiable. Joey, on the other hand, was quite the opposite: loud and boisterous, a regular rabble-rouser, … (read more)

A Father's Lasting Love

March 11, 2009

At the end of my dad's funeral service nine years ago, my mom gave me his personal Shona language hymn and prayer book. It is neatly bound in leather, and contains some bookmarks with his handwriting and underlining of his … (read more)

Rose Of All Roses

January 28, 2009

We bought our first home eight years ago, and being in a new area, it has taken time to get the gardens in place. One of the last gardens to be done was the one that had been dug when … (read more)

God's Special Child

January 11, 2009

For some parents, the worst fear is having a child who is handicapped. I have often asked the question, how does today's Scripture apply to raising a child with a severe disability? As a mother of a son with autism, … (read more)

Times Of Sorrow

March 10, 2008

On the 9th of December, 2007, my father-in-law died. My wife had just returned four days earlier from a visit to her parents in British Columbia, Canada, and though her dad was declining and having some difficulty, his death was … (read more)

Promises, Promises

September 22, 2007

My grandmother, Rachel Stuart, whom we all called "Grandma", was a great wee person. She looked like Dorothy's mother, Sophia, from the television show "The Golden Girls". She raised a large family of seven and had umpteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. … (read more)

Comfort Zone And Comfort Clothes

September 11, 2007

I am sure we all have them or have had them at some time in our lives: "comfort clothes" — that shirt that one's spouse has tried to throw out or that pair of shoes that fits like no other. … (read more)

Showers

May 4, 2007

For many years when I was a child, we never had running water. Or maybe we did: someone would have to run out to the well to pump it into a bucket and run it to the house. Mom much … (read more)

Losses

July 3, 2006

About five years ago, I was struggling in my job with patients with Alzheimer's disease, and the shift work was getting harder the older I got. So I chose to quit my job. It was a loss. Close to the … (read more)

Pain!

February 22, 2006

Pain! Emotional pain! Physical pain! Financial pain! Spiritual pain! We all go through some kind of pain in our lives! Quite a few years ago, I was in a lot of pain in many areas of my life. I was … (read more)

God Provides Comfort

October 22, 2005

Recently while I was in hospital for a surgery, though the stay was only three days, it was a stressful time for me. I am a person who likes to be able to see outside a lot, and the Lord … (read more)

The Mountain Climber

July 10, 2005

I have a friend who says she's a mountain climber, because she's always climbing out of deep valleys. Trouble seems to seek her out. There's always something painful going on in her life. Don't get the idea she's a pessimistic … (read more)

God Promises Hope For His Children

February 11, 2005

Many people have asked me how I cope with the death of a loved one. Well, it is overwhelming — there is an emptiness and numbness that is impossible to describe. Every death is different, and we react differently to … (read more)

Comfort Cushions

May 4, 2004

God has many beautiful ways of directing us to ease the pain of others. One very simple way He has directed me is in making "Comfort Cushions". It all came about when one of our hospice volunteers told me the … (read more)

Helping Others, We Find Joy

March 19, 2004

It was a cold and rainy winter afternoon as I left work, and headed across the parking lot to my car. All I could think about was what a "bummer" of a day it had been, how bad I felt, … (read more)

Do We Have A Minute To Spare?

July 4, 2002

During my work period in India, I frequently visited the capital city, New Delhi, one of the busiest cities in the world. Traffic is atrocious and long delays are "par for the course". One thing I noticed very quickly was … (read more)

We Want Guarantees

May 3, 2002

One thing that really gets me going is to buy something, get it home, and find out that it does not work. After spending money on something, I want it to work. I want to be able to pull it … (read more)

Comforting Hands

January 16, 2001

Each of us, at some time in the past, has found the need to lean on the comfort and encouragement of someone else. All of us have found that in a difficult situation, or perhaps even in the middle of … (read more)

Say It Now

March 17, 2000

One of my daily e-mail blessings is a free mailing from Chicken Soup for the Soul. In a recent story called Do It Now by Robert Reasoner, this paragraph leapt out at me: I won't get another chance to tell … (read more)

Shaking With God

November 5, 1999

At supper I noticed that one of my molar teeth was getting sensitive. That night I cleaned my teeth with great diligence, using a special toothpaste to take away the sensitivity. But it didn't do much good. By the following … (read more)

Sharing The Load

December 30, 1998

I have always had a passion for rocks. Sleek, smooth rocks. Chunky conglomerate rocks. Small, large, odd-shaped rocks. A favourite pastime when we were little was to take a hammer and smash open a rock to see what beauty lay … (read more)

As It Happens: A Life Of Suffering (3)

September 17, 1998

In one of Graham Greene's novels the hero is talking with his wife about her malicious father, Dr. Fisher. She asks her husband: "Have you a soul?" "I think I have one — shop worn but still there, but if … (read more)

Let Your "No" Mean "No"

June 1, 1998

Bishop Desmund Tutu once said during the most difficult days in the struggle against apartheid, "I do not want to reform it, I want to destroy it forever." There are times and circumstances when the Christians' only response to a … (read more)

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