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The Glue

March 13, 2017

I had received a commission to do a large, framed, stained glass mosaic of an eagle and had worked diligently on its creation until it was completed and ready for framing. I was very pleased with the result and heaved a sigh of relief, for …( read more )

Which Way To Go?

December 31, 2016

As I look out of my living room window early in the morning, I see a seagull standing on the rooftop of the neighbour's two-story building. What is he looking for? Another sea gull? He looks so alone, taking stock of his domain. The ocean …( read more )

Sidewalk

December 18, 2016

One winter long ago, a neighbour of our church phoned to complain that the church was not doing its share of clearing the sidewalks of snow. I had taken the phone call, so later after work, I went to see what had happened. As I saw it, the …( read more )

Making A List, Checking It Twice

November 29, 2016

Do you find yourself making lists as Christmas approaches? … things to do, places to go, and things to take … menus, grocery lists … lists of names and gifts … If you're like me, crossing off an item gives us a feeling of …( read more )

Preparing Our Hearts

November 27, 2016

Every year as Advent arrives, I hear the song, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord", from the musical Godspell, playing over and over in my head. It's a loud, happy, euphoric song, and that's appropriate: what could be more joy-inducing …( read more )

Water And The Word

September 6, 2016

At the time of writing, here in southern Ontario, Canada, we are experiencing a very hot and dry summer. The grass in our yard, as well as in the neighbourhood, is turning brown, and vegetable gardens are in dire need of water. In …( read more )

Our Strength Comes From God

July 7, 2016

Looking back over the years, I note the number of times when I have felt ill, weak, and off balance. As I write, my health speaks to me of pain and frustration. I feel as if I just can't do it. I don't trust my own ability to get the job …( 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 )

Learning Patience

May 4, 2016

For the past few months, I have been trying to return to my pre-surgical level of fitness. It has required a great deal of patience. At times, it has been very frustrating and discouraging. Often at the end of my hour of exercise, I felt …( read more )

The Shepherd Has Come – Part One

December 8, 2015

What if this Christmas we specifically celebrated Baby Jesus as the promised Shepherd and made shepherds our season's theme? What would that be like for you? Here's what I imagine: I see a Christmas tree decorated with fluffy sheep, …( read more )

A Pleasant Surprise

August 28, 2015

It was Sunday evening, and we were already tired just thinking about the following week. I had committed myself to entertain four days in a row, Thursday through Sunday, ending with a benefit for a cancer patient in one of our local halls …( read more )

Lasting Words Of Truth

June 1, 2015

My Bible fell apart. It was at the Bible discussion that I lead at the local Long Term Care Centre. I opened it to the passage that we were looking at that morning, and about half an inch of pages, still stuck together, fell out. The …( read more )

A Crystalline Day

April 10, 2015

Snow-shy birds recently back from warmer climates sang me awake to a crystalline glaze frosting every surface. I walked outside with my golden canine companion across crusty puddles that crunched and crackled underfoot. Elliot sniffed …( read more )

Power Emergency

September 3, 2014

When the weather channel posts what's been going on around the world, most of us sigh, perhaps pray for the people involved, and then put the disasters out of our heads — not the smartest thing that we've ever done. Rather, we ought to …( read more )

Labels

August 8, 2014

We all know about labels and what they are meant to do: They tell us what's in packages, how to use their contents, and any number of details that we may or may not want to know. Often what we do want to know is not there, but that's …( read more )

The Hidden Components

June 29, 2014

Computers and I get along to a point. The trouble begins, however, when I don't know how or where to find something within a specific program. As most of my readers probably know, computers have lots of hidden features, but unless I know …( read more )

On Wings Of Eagles

August 8, 2013

When I first started a Bible discussion at the local long-term care centre, they used a course specifically designed for seniors. There was a lesson for every week with a title, a recommended Scripture passage, some ideas, some questions, …( read more )

Preparing For Christ(mas)

December 8, 2012

Last year, I read about a man who had four thousand light bulbs on his house and in the trees on his property. People came from miles around to see it. "It was beautiful," was the general consensus. "After all, that is what Christmas is …( read more )

A Friend On The Wings Of An Eagle

September 28, 2012

My pierced ears are graced with a pair of carved, silver eagles' head earrings, a gift from a friend whose life ended quickly and unexpectedly last year. When I became a hospice volunteer over eighteen years ago, Alice had already … (read more)

Company's Coming

August 10, 2012

Summer means freedom to roam, travel, and spend quality time with family and friends. My mother always had the parlour ready to welcome guests. We children were not allowed to sit in that room, ever! Mama would get out her … (read more)

Treasure Reclaimed

May 5, 2012

My husband and I often visit flea markets, yard sales, and "junk" shops, just looking to find something of special interest that someone else has discarded. The old saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure", takes on a new … (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)

Advent Sunday

November 27, 2011

As season leads to season, one year after another, comes the season of Christmas, heralded by Advent, when we sing: Prepare the royal highway; The King of kings is near! Let ev'ry hill and valley A level road appear! Then … (read more)

Storm Damage

October 14, 2011

A recent series of severe storms left our backyard and green areas littered with debris that had been torn from two very large poplar trees. There are large pieces of broken limbs many feet in length, small twigs just a … (read more)

The Wings Of Hope

September 26, 2011

During a trip to the outer banks of North Carolina, I had an opportunity to visit the Wright Brothers National Museum. It was interesting to see the actual spot where the brothers launched the very first successful flying machine in … (read more)

Waiting On The Lord Gives Endurance #4

May 31, 2011

The ten-kilometre Sun Run is being advertised on our local television station as I write this. To run for a cause seems to give one enough energy to finish, even with muscles screaming and lungs straining for air. The runners … (read more)

Waiting On The Lord With Wings #3

May 30, 2011

Have you ever felt like a bird, flying through the air with the wings of an eagle, so strong, so fast, so high? As I look out of my front window, I can see an "eagle tree", stretching up so … (read more)

Waiting On The Lord For Strength #2

May 29, 2011

The Lord has promised to renew our strength when we wait on Him. Wow! With this truth, I can rise energetically, and look forward to this day with Him. I can face anything with the Lord beside me. It is … (read more)

Waiting On The Lord #1

May 28, 2011

During my childhood, the beautiful grounds of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Bermuda had a striking sundial, and it drew me as a little girl to its side, and made me think deep thoughts about time during my teen years. … (read more)

Hope Eternal

September 12, 2010

Our cocker spaniel, Candy, had gained so much weight, or so I thought — until I bathed her and realized that I could see all her ribs. Her belly, however, was huge. Later that week Candy underwent surgery at the … (read more)

Refreshing Renewal

February 5, 2010

Feeling happy and contented most of the time, I continually thank the Lord and tell Him that more of the same would be just fine, because it is truly a fine last of life He has given to me. However, … (read more)

Half-Life

September 11, 2009

Having a mid-life crisis seems to be a common experience for people in their forties. It's a time in life to ponder over past regrets, present purpose, and future plans. One begins to realize that the sands of time are … (read more)

Last In Line But Still Equal

May 31, 2009

The Labrador puppies were a beautiful rich cream colour, very appealing as they clamoured towards us at the front of the mesh cage. The one that caught our attention, however, was the peaceful puppy, last in line at the back … (read more)

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