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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 )

Wanted: Tender Hearts

August 27, 2017

Recently, I did something unusual. I wrote to a media commentator appealing for mercifulness in his rhetorical style. I offered this reason: Our adversarial world desperately needs moral exemplars — those who consistently exemplify the …( read more )

Surprise!

May 8, 2017

Don't you just love receiving a gift, especially one that's unexpected? Our Father in heaven is generous and enjoys bestowing gifts on His children. If we allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, God will surprise us. Recently this little …( read more )

Kind To The Bone

March 30, 2017

Six hundred miles was a long way to move a middle-school student. The year was 1970, and I was ten years old. Dad, a freshly ordained Southern Methodist minister, decided that he'd move our family from Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, to …( read more )

Grieving The Holy Spirit

November 18, 2016

Years ago, a friend gave me a puppet. As it stands there beside my piano, it looks like a mouse talking to me with a protruding mouth. It has curly hair just like me, and it has a clergy robe on. It's a clergy puppet! The piercing eyes are …( read more )

The Process

October 16, 2016

Feeding eight dogs all at the same time is quite the process. In my house, each of the dogs has its own place for eating. As soon as it's mealtime, they are quick to take up their individual spots. Not all of them eat at the same pace, …( read more )

Developing In The Word

September 17, 2016

One day, back from my grocery shopping in the nearby mall, I checked the change that I had received from the cash that I had paid for the groceries. My first look was a sure thing: I had received less change than I was owed. This left me …( read more )

Anchored To The Rock

June 25, 2016

One of the places that we visited on our cruise last February and March did not have a large enough harbour to accommodate our ship. So we dropped anchor offshore, and then, people were taken to the shore in small boats. We stayed on …( read more )

The To-Do List

May 10, 2016

Climbing up onto the stable roof and re-tarring all the rolled asphalt shingling is not my idea of fun. In fact, it's one of the last things that I ever wanted to see on my to-do list. And yet there it was: "tar barn roof". Oh me, oh my! …( read more )

The Words Of My Mouth

November 14, 2015

We watch a fair number of English mystery shows on television, and some of them start out with the warning: "This show contains coarse language and scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised." They warn us, so that we are prepared. …( read more )

Careless Words

October 29, 2015

During the recent Canadian federal election, several candidates were forced to withdraw after comments they had made on social media surfaced. These comments, which were thoughtless, ill-considered, and sometimes offensive and hateful, …( read more )

Positive Group Interaction

September 23, 2015

Soon after moving into Arcadia Gardens, one of the activities that caught my attention was the steady line of walkers that were heading to the chandeliered dining room. I followed behind with my walker and was led to a table where I had …( read more )

Fallen From Grace

June 26, 2015

It's strange how we continue to put television and movie superstars on a pedestal, and we think that they are perfect and free from doing wrong. Every so often, one of these stars is exposed for having committed acts of molestation or …( read more )

Gifts Are Given To Be Given

June 22, 2015

We all like to receive gifts — on birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and weddings. Sometimes we get gifts on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Easter. When someone gives us a really thoughtful and meaningful gift, we may …( read more )

Tearing Down Walls

June 7, 2015

In 1961, a ninety-six-mile-long wall was erected by the communist East German government to prevent residents of East Berlin from moving to West Berlin. The wall split families and friends for twenty-eight years and East German guards were …( read more )

Forgiver And Forgiven

May 16, 2015

Have you met Mr. and Mrs. Grudge? Let me introduce them to you. These people go through life, forgiving with great reluctance and carrying around feelings of ill will over various grievances. The grievances could be real or imagined. On …( read more )

Taming The Wild

March 4, 2015

Over the past few years, I have attended three live animal programs. These shows included presentations by air, land, and sea animals. I saw everything from camels to mice responding obediently to the voice of their trainers. One of my …( read more )

To Forgive Is Divine

January 31, 2015

A news item one night was about parents who lost a child through another teen's weakness and grave error in judgment. The parents, being interviewed a couple of days after their daughter's death, made a public statement that they not only …( read more )

Woolly Bears

January 15, 2015

When I went for my four-kilometre daily walks this past autumn, I would go through an area with apple orchards on both sides of the road. It was a beautiful sight, with apples ripe on the trees. There were always several things which would …( read more )

Would The Real Christian Please Stand Up

November 10, 2014

Back in the 1950s, an American panel game show entitled "To tell the truth" was a big hit with viewers, including me. As a teenager, I enjoyed trying to figure out who the "real" person was before the panel guessed. The show featured a …( read more )

The Overlap

February 19, 2014

I enjoy word puzzles. One of the puzzles that I enjoy the most involves finding words within a grid. A list of words is given, and those words can run up and down, sideways, or diagonally within the grid. Words can run forwards or …( read more )

The Ayes Have It

February 12, 2014

Eye surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone is having it: eye surgery for their cataracts. I surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone ought to get it: I surgery for their selfish attitude. With eye …( read more )

Transformation

September 9, 2013

On a cool, breezy September day, I ventured out with a friend to fly kites at Stinson Beach, which is on the northern coast of California, U.S.A., just north of San Francisco. While we began to fly our kites skyward, our eyes were drawn to …( read more )

Convictions Count

August 20, 2013

Philosopher Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Of all the parental and church instructions I hurled out my youth window, it might seem strange that a rebellious teenager would …( read more )

Power To Spread God's Love

May 18, 2013

We might wish sometimes that Jesus were still here on earth in human form. It would be absolutely wonderful to see Him today, to ask Him questions, know that He was listening to our prayer requests, and get spoken answers from Him. How …( read more )

Godly Recycling

February 16, 2013

The seasons change almost too quickly for my liking. But this is the way it is, and I must comply, even though I would prefer to see a recycling of the times from bad to better – a recycling of all that lacks consideration and …( read more )

Making Soup

May 23, 2012

I love soup! Before I retired, I never made my own soup, but now that I am retired, I make it all the time. Every batch of soup that I make is different from the previous batch — a little … (read more)

Be Perfect – God's Way

January 20, 2012

Recently, comments like "You can't be perfect!" or "I know I'm not perfect!" have crossed my ears so frequently that I felt a need to explore this issue from a biblical perspective. What did Jesus mean by the words, "Be … (read more)

Rules For New Life

August 13, 2011

I enjoy housework, a clean house, and orderly cupboards. Then I know where things are. Long ago someone needed my help when moving into a smaller apartment. I bagged fifteen large garbage bags full of trash before even starting the … (read more)

The Costly Exchange

April 7, 2011

Lent is the season for exchanging old habits with new ones. That could also include habits of thinking. For example, the meaning of being "Christian" may have become so hazy in our minds that it needs to be replaced. Scripturally, … (read more)

Ringing Out The Old, Ringing In The New

January 1, 2011

As we clean up after the Christmas season and begin to put away our decorations and manger scenes for another year, I notice how bare our home is looking. In fact, it even seems that we have more room. Fear … (read more)

Blessed, The Peacemakers

September 14, 2010

As with other parents, my role often called for the function of peacemaker between my daughter and son during their childhood and teenage years. Now, I have the honour and blessing, with just a little amusement, of seeing my children … (read more)

Teamwork

July 4, 2010

It has been a few years now since I have worked at a local delicatessen and restaurant. I remember my very first day starting at the deli, and coming from a banking background, I found it to be very, very … (read more)

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