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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 )

High Technology

June 14, 2017

I always seem to have had a far-flung circle of family, friends, and colleagues. I grew up in Ontario and still have two sisters nearby, but two siblings and both my parents moved to the west coast many years ago. My parents emigrated …( read more )

The Glove

November 3, 2016

The mornings are dawning colder, and I have needed to wear gloves the last few days when I go down to feed the livestock. This morning, even in my gloves, my fingers grew cold quickly. Time for the mitts, I thought. This episode …( read more )

Albert's Example

June 27, 2016

Albert put me to shame. At the ripe age of 89, he slogged to church every Sunday through deep snows and sub-zero temperatures. We offered him drives multiple times, but he declined each one, saying that he needed his exercise. His …( read more )

Where Are You?

April 1, 2016

As I have said too many times, the church is a pale imitation of what it is supposed to be, and our humanity gets in the way of our Christianity. Again today, I talked to several people who believe in God. I know that they do by the way …( read more )

Eight Tiny Reindeer

December 17, 2015

At Christmastime we read and hear poems, stories, and songs about reindeer. There are those eight tiny reindeer, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and the one that ran over Grandma. Once, Harold Kurtz, a missionary in the Presbyterian …( read more )

Answering The Call

November 13, 2015

The temple curtain kept everyone out of the Most Holy Place except one priest once a year. When Jesus paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross, the curtain was torn in two as God's sign that we may now approach His throne without …( read more )

Rest In The Lord

May 1, 2015

As a retiree, I have kept myself busy since my husband's death seven years ago, volunteering in many organizations. At times, the pace of these commitments was hectic, but I soldiered on, afraid not to be occupied and thus alone. My …( read more )

Two Turtledoves

December 26, 2013

When I was a child, one of my favourite Christmas carols was the popular tune, "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Until recently, I did not give much thought to the gifts portrayed in this peculiar song. Some believe it was written in code …( read more )

A Therapy Dog On Duty

October 5, 2013

I have a Shi-Tzu dog named Daisy Mae who is also a therapy dog for St. John's Ambulance. We go into the local nursing home every Thursday and visit with the residents there. She just loves to bring joy to these older folks. They also seem …( read more )

Insulated

September 18, 2013

Each winter, it was evident that our old house lacked what would help keep us cozy. For five years, my wife and I lived in a home nearing one hundred years old, a home built before air conditioning, a home constructed to remain cool in a …( read more )

Seven Years

June 8, 2013

The road that I travel to work is going to be widened; this work is scheduled to take seven years. When I heard the time frame, I began to grumble about the inconvenience of it taking so long and being my route to work. I began to do the …( read more )

Motivated By A Bird

June 19, 2012

It's not often that I just sit and do nothing. I would say that that is probably a good way to describe most of us. We like to do things, accomplish much, and have the pleasure of getting things done. … (read more)

A Great Reward

June 9, 2012

At our house, the "Free Cell" solitaire card game on our computer is used while Internet users wait for web pages to load over a very slow dial-up connection. Almost daily, I watch other family members solve a game in … (read more)

Time Management

July 30, 2011

7:54 Sunday morning — I have just finished reciting all the things that need to get done this day before 2:30 p.m. when it is time for me to leave for work. As I recited this very long to-do list … (read more)

As Many As The Shells On A Beach

February 11, 2011

Throughout my forty-six years in Australia, I have continuously frequented the various parts of the ninety-mile beach along our Victorian coastline. The gold and cream-to-white sand, the blue-green sea with its fragrant foamy spray, the breezes and winds are to … (read more)

Release From Strongholds

January 16, 2011

According to Answers.com , the biblical definition of a stronghold is as follows: The Greek word for stronghold, taken literally, means a fortress. It is used in the Bible also as a metaphor to represent things that are based … (read more)

Who's Missing?

November 16, 2010

If I recite the books of the Old Testament to you, can you figure out which one I left out? The list starts out with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel. Then there are … (read more)

Encouraging One Another

January 24, 2010

Having written devotional messages over the past eleven years, I have been blessed in so many ways, especially through the people I have expressed my love of God to and with, and the encouragement they have been to me and, … (read more)

Perfect Or Okay?

January 3, 2009

Several months ago, my kids and my husband bought me the Wii fit board for my birthday. We already had the Wii Sport, which I had been enjoying. They all thought this might make exercising — which I don't really … (read more)

Clean Windows

March 29, 2008

Each morning as I watched from the balcony, a man would come out and clean his window with a cloth and Windex. Why was this so interesting? We had not had any rain, it had been sunny each day, and … (read more)

How Did Lent Get Its Name?

March 12, 2008

The weeks of Lent have been for me a season of reflection. It's been a journey out of darkness, and I am thankful the sunrise is coming soon. Forty days is a long time to struggle with evil, tempted to … (read more)

Why Am I Going to Church?

February 10, 2008

I had wakened with a dry, sore throat, and I questioned myself as to whether I would go to church or stay at home. As I thought about this I asked myself, "Why am I going to church?" For one, … (read more)

Meeting Together

May 20, 2007

Though the club has disbanded, six members of my former Pilot Club have agreed to keep meeting together monthly — for friendship's sake. This little group of women has come a long way together and shared many memories and experiences … (read more)

It's All In How You Approach It

December 8, 2006

When we are in an airplane, we trust and hope that the landing approach will be a smooth one. What, then, about our approach to wherever it is we are going? If it is a vacation or a visit to … (read more)

Feeling Useless

August 20, 2006

The Bible tells us not to discourage the young in their attempts at learning or doing things. We also need to see how excluded some older folk often feel. They are still necessary and are our greatest teachers. Twice a … (read more)

Broken Windows

September 10, 2005

Years ago, when I ministered in Scotland, I walked into the church halls one morning, only to discover that all of the windows had been broken. During the night, a local gang had come along, throwing bricks and stones through … (read more)

I Missed The Gardenias

August 2, 2004

Four or five years ago, I planted a row of gardenia bushes along the property line in my backyard. When I first planted them, they looked like a few twigs sticking up out of the ground. I didn't have much … (read more)

What A Party!

July 11, 2004

We knew we were going to a party on Sunday. The whole week was a time of excited expectancy. We had chosen our best clothes. We knew the food would be tasty and excellent. We would meet old friends and … (read more)

Spring Cleaning

May 4, 2003

Spring has been long-awaited in this area. According to the people who have lived in Cape Breton for years, this past winter has been one of the coldest and longest in their memory. But, in late March, things began to … (read more)

A Son Of Encouragement

April 30, 2003

Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement," was a man who gave encouragement and consolation to his friends, becoming one of the most respected persons in the church in Jerusalem. Barnabas was the mentor of the apostle Paul. He encouraged … (read more)

The Lint Trap

March 16, 2003

Every time I put a load of laundry into the dryer and remove the filter, I am amazed at the amount of lint that is trapped there. Where does it all come from? The clothes have been washed and washed … (read more)

Cleansing From Within

March 5, 2003

Our thoughts are the forerunners of our words and actions. Submerged thoughts have a way of emerging when unguarded. For years, people have complained I had a "shell" around me. Others felt I was "cold and unfeeling". I had such … (read more)

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