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What's In A Name?

November 21, 2016

Our eighth grandchild is due in the next week or so, and though he or she already has a place in our hearts and in our family, thus far, the baby doesn't have a name. Hundreds of names have been deemed unsuitable. Our name is our …( read more )

He Knows My Name

November 5, 2015

I find it rather embarrassing these days that when I go to greet someone whom I have known for ages, suddenly her name is gone from my mind. It is especially annoying when I am in the middle of an introduction and I draw a blank. I know …( read more )

My Brother's Keeper

September 8, 2014

Are we indeed our brother's keeper? Many may think not, but as in our biological family, we do not survive well unless we help each other. Many of our brothers and sisters carry loneliness around with them like a blanket. What can we do …( read more )

A Musical Crescendo

March 3, 2013

Let us look in on the Plaza de Sant Roc de Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain. There stands a man with his bass fiddle poised to start playing his instrument. A young girl approaches the man's hat on the ground and drops in a coin. The man draws …( read more )

In The Palm Of My Hand

June 13, 2012

Thud! Something hit the glass, and I guessed it had to be a bird. Looking outside, sure enough, there on the ground was a goldfinch, lying on its back — stunned! Not wanting to leave it there, I immediately went … (read more)

A Mother's Heart

May 8, 2011

Following the loss of my mother, a beautiful collection of heartfelt poems entitled A Mother's Love (Blue Mountain Press) has been an inspiration to me. These poems reflect my personal appreciation for the value of my mother's life and are … (read more)

Jesus Our Covenant

October 17, 2009

Years ago, in the early days of my walk with Jesus, I attended my first retreat weekend with a group of women. The main theme was about each believer's choice to have, or not to have, a closer relationship with … (read more)

Forgetting

August 6, 2009

Our staid, turn-of-the-nineteenth-century, Presbyterian sanctuary had been miraculously transformed into a "television game show studio" for our week-long running of the summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) program, "Studio Go" by Standard Publications. In the "audience", the children were careening around … (read more)

Never Forgotten

July 29, 2008

When I was a young married woman, my parents offered to take me and my three children out west in their motor home. Since my husband had to work, he told us to go. This trip was some adventure for … (read more)

Never Nameless

February 28, 2008

Going down a road I had not travelled before, I came across an old, old cemetery. For some reason, I like to walk through cemeteries and read the headstones. Some who are reading this may think this strange, but it's … (read more)

I Will Not Forget You

May 22, 2006

My dad has Alzheimer's disease. Since I live a distance of few hours' drive from mom and dad's home, I don't visit in person very often. About a month ago, I took that trip to see them. As a daughter, … (read more)

Holy Mountains

November 5, 2005

My husband and I toured the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina late in November — after the leaves had fallen, but before the snow came that would bring the skiers to the slopes. The scenes from the parkway and … (read more)

The Time Of God's Favour

October 2, 2005

On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate communion in our church. On a recent occasion, I sat looking over the small crowd gathered for worship and thought how our congregation avoided this service. I felt disheartened. I had … (read more)

And He Comforts Those Who Are Afflicted

December 13, 2004

December 1992 — my father died — a charter member of St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, an elder, a Sunday School superintendent, and a great dad. In the last couple years of his life, his disease (akin … (read more)

Grandma's Letter

December 7, 2004

Today's text was a motto that hung in our home when I was a child, and although it has the obvious meaning, "Watch what comes out of your mouth," it took on a different meaning for me one year. It … (read more)

The Highway To Everlasting Life

June 16, 2003

It was in 1994, during a visit from one of our daughters and her infant daughter, that a crisis occurred in our family. This dear child of God was only one month old. She stopped breathing following a cranky time … (read more)

Lest We Forget

November 11, 2001

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we stand in silence to remember. We wear the poppies to help us to remember and to help honour those who gave their lives for us, for our … (read more)

In Your Hands

April 21, 2000

Have you felt the hands of Christ? Do you ever sense his comforting presence? I have a beautiful little figurine of a very young, trusting child cuddled in a caressing hand. On the bottom is this verse: "I will not … (read more)

Real Live Christian?

August 19, 1997

I was sitting in my office doing whatever scientists do, when the door pushed open and a colleague from downstairs came in saying, "You're a real live Christian. Tell me what I should be doing…" I don't remember what his … (read more)

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