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Entertaining Angels

February 24, 2017

When death may be just around the corner, even encouragement from a stranger is appreciated. Sam's heart was barely functioning, and many of his vital organs were being affected. He'd been on the transplant list for quite some time, but …( read more )

Christmas Remembrances

December 25, 2016

As I grow older, I yearn for the Christmases of my childhood. Being the first grandchild in the family meant a great deal of spoiling. Though I don't remember those years, pictures relay the joy and giving that took place. Prior to my …( read more )

What A Name!

October 30, 2016

Nutricia — that's one name that I'll never forget! It was given to a baby girl. Her mother got it from a label on a tin can. She liked the name, so called her daughter by that name. Nutricia was a brand name for milk supplements. In …( read more )

Let No One Despise You For Your Youth

August 2, 2016

Imagine what it would be like to be able to walk up to someone from your past — someone whom you have not seen for years — and give them a hug or a handshake, and thank them for how they allowed the Lord to help you in your Christian …( read more )

The Bone

June 20, 2016

My five-pound Yorkshire terrier, Sienna, made me laugh the other day when I glanced up and saw her struggling and staggering around the yard carrying a bone. The bone was meant for the large, outside dogs who weigh seventy to eighty …( read more )

Happenings

May 30, 2016

On my walk around the block just awhile ago, I was down in my spirit, saddened by the obvious worldly conduct of the people that I passed. My thoughts were mixed, seeing the disorderly behaviour on the street corner that undermines the …( read more )

Dedicated Caregivers

April 8, 2016

Some time ago here in southern Ontario, there was a television report about people in a nursing home being abused and/or mistreated by members of the staff. There were pictures of one elderly lady being tossed into her chair and of …( read more )

Temporary Living Quarters

February 1, 2016

Approximately eight years ago, my father passed away. My mother, who lived two houses down from our place, did not want to stay by herself any longer. She asked us whether we would consider moving in with her if she found a place with a …( read more )

Change

January 21, 2016

We hear an awful lot about change these days. Everything is "new and improved". People move, change jobs, and grow old (if they are lucky). Seasons change, and so often, we hate it. We are, like every other living thing God created, …( read more )

Praying For The Persecuted

November 1, 2015

Either today or next Sunday, many Christians around the globe will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This practice not only comforts those who are suffering, but it unites believers worldwide in taking a …( read more )

Friends And Brothers

September 12, 2015

My brother is five years my elder. Later in life, five years doesn't seem like much of an age difference, but when one is young, it's quite a difference. When I was young and going through the changes and growing that take place in a young …( read more )

A Definition Of Faith

July 6, 2015

Faith is a journey of trust in God. It starts with a walk along a path, and if we follow through, progresses to an ascent on a mountain. It is that important. The goal is to understand exactly what God is asking of us. It is a worthy …( read more )

Little Ol' Me

February 27, 2015

An outstanding memory from my youth stems from when I was only ten years old. I was sitting alone in the third pew on the left-hand side of the church in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, of which my dad was the minister and my mom was the …( read more )

The Edge

February 24, 2015

The driveway at the place where I work is flanked by two deep ditches, one on each side. We have stakes marking the edge of the ditches for people coming and going from the driveway to navigate. A few days ago, though, as I backed into my …( read more )

Froggy Grief

January 28, 2015

"So then, how are you doing now?" they ask. I muster up my best going-forward face and say "Oh, good, thanks," then change the subject as fast as I can. Some days, what I say is true, but some days, it is not. Grief is like a frog …( read more )

The Games People Play

November 6, 2014

It is a growing scene to see young and old with handheld, computerized gadgets playing a game. It amazes me how many new kinds of computer games are being offered for all ages. The older computer games lose their charm as new ones come …( read more )

In Search Of My Roots

September 19, 2014

My childhood was difficult and excruciatingly painful, to put it mildly. My older siblings often taunted me by saying that I didn't belong in their family. My mother confirmed this by telling me that the father of me and my younger …( read more )

Freedom In The Wind

June 6, 2014

It was another windy day. I was coming back home on the sunny side of the street to get to my building. As I came around a corner, the wind picked up to gusts over 70 kilometres per hour, whirling debris around. Before my unbelieving …( read more )

Past, Present, Future

February 21, 2014

Materialism, or fixation on earthly possessions, is one of mankind's strongest temptations. During the past several months, with the help of friends, I have been going through a process of scaling down my personal belongings. My part in …( read more )

Be Content

September 1, 2013

As I write this, it has just been announced that a number of baseball players have been suspended for the use of illegal, enhancement-performing drugs. They continue to be the subject of different news sources. These players obviously had …( read more )

The Inheritance

August 16, 2013

My maternal grandfather was a prominent lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Consequently, my mother grew up with a butler, chauffeur, and maid. My father, on the other hand, lived a humble life to which my mother, after her marriage, …( read more )

Praise: Openly Profess His Name

May 27, 2013

In homogenized milk, the fat-rich cream molecules are dispersed throughout the skim milk so that the liquid is all the same. Knowing God's wide, deep, high, and long love, made available to me by Jesus, is the rich cream of my life. God …( read more )

This Alone Thing

May 15, 2013

I don't like it! This living alone experience sometimes feels like being alone on a desert island. Oh, I know that having God in our lives, we should be able to circumvent those feelings, but really, why does it always seem like that is …( read more )

Hope And Faith

April 29, 2013

A landscape architect of my acquaintance envisions outdoor sport and recreation facilities, then draws plans so that others can build what he sees as possible. He supervises construction in the role of project leader while project …( read more )

Answering Why

March 26, 2013

He rose from his seat and scampered to the door to answer an unexpected call. What he heard next would change his life forever: "Mom's not breathing." Our small church wasn't prepared for the tragedy. Nor was her spouse, child, or …( read more )

Never Will I Leave You

February 12, 2013

Every time I go to our gym, I start out on the stationary bicycle. It's not just a boring bicycle ride; it's like watching me bicycling along, passing other cyclists — like a video game with 30 different tours and topography from real …( read more )

Hot Dog

January 7, 2013

Last fall, a bike ride ended in a visit to a coffee establishment that is close to my home. I left my bike unlocked as I sat enjoying my coffee at a table near a window. Usually, I take my helmet in with me, but for some reason, I hung it …( read more )

The Threatening Fire

September 7, 2012

I was alone in a big shed, and suddenly, I saw a fire beginning to smoulder in a pile of scrap materials on the floor. I ran to the phone and dialed 911. The phone was dead. I tried again. … (read more)

Touching

July 21, 2012

I suspect that many lay people who "labour in the Lord's vineyard", both in and out of church, may never know who they have touched or how they have touched them. I was one of those fortunate enough to find … (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)

Anchored

April 21, 2012

They were experiencing a long night of the soul. God's touch seemed to vanish. It was 1992. A father had died, health problems were rampant, and he was burned out after nineteen years of pastoring. His church was entering the … (read more)

The Snow

February 29, 2012

The snow continued to fall gently, mounting higher and higher, causing the earth to appear unsullied, freshly created. As its abundance grew, the winter sport enthusiasts busied themselves hauling out snow machines, snowshoes, cross-country skis, parkas, toques, boots, and mitts … (read more)

Taking A Look Inside

January 24, 2012

When I was in graduate school, I was part of a group that modelled a certain technique to the class using a fish bowl exercise. How it worked was that a group of six of us plus the professor sat … (read more)

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