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Father, Son And Holy Spirit

March 2, 2017

I have always understood the concepts of God and His beloved Son Jesus. The concept of a Holy Spirit, however, has always somewhat eluded me. While I may have encountered the Holy Spirit numerous times before, I had not made the …( read more )

The Gift Of Patience

July 2, 2016

This past couple of years has been a struggle for me. My rapidly deteriorating arthritic hips and knees have made it difficult for me to function as usual, and now, I have recently had a total right hip replacement. Instead of thanking God …( read more )

Daily Blessings

May 22, 2016

As I go through each day and get to an advanced age, I tend to be more mindful of the blessings that God bestows on each of us. He has sent showers of blessings to us over the years, just as He has promised. One of those blessings is the …( read more )

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

May 31, 2015

As I was enjoying a peaceful evening, a text arrived from my daughter. My middle brother, who was severely depressed because of his family breakup and impending divorce, instructed her to call our mom and tell her that he was going to our …( read more )

Confession: Good For The Soul

May 19, 2015

Saying "I'm sorry" isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. A recent teacher evaluation reminded me of this. Our headmaster's instructions to the observers were never to score any teacher with the highest ratings in all categories. …( read more )

When Suffering Comes

May 11, 2015

The brothers hugged before one entered surgery. Little did they know what lay ahead. Two brothers, Chad and Ryan Arnold: one with a healthy liver, the other with an incurable liver disease. But love won out. In Denver, Colorado, Ryan, age …( read more )

A Simple Yes Will Do

April 21, 2015

While I was growing up, Little House on the Prairie was one of my favourite television shows. One touching characteristic of the series was how the town's inhabitants trusted each other. After all, it was through teamwork and trust that …( read more )

The Waiting Game

March 21, 2015

Gardening has been one of my favourite pastimes for a number of years. As the warm temperatures of spring make their arrival, I'm always eager to plunge my hands into the dirt. My anxiousness often has its drawbacks. Many replanting …( read more )

Suffering Patiently

March 10, 2015

She suffers patiently. I'm not sure that I could under her circumstances. Though a relatively young woman, my wife suffers from numerous health issues. Fibromyalgia makes each day painful. Several hernia surgeries prevent her from doing …( read more )

Don't Complain; Trust

February 20, 2015

"It's somebody else's fault." This is one of the lies that I'm often tempted to tell myself — a psychological defence mechanism that prevents me from accepting responsibility for my actions or thoughts. I don't relish the oncoming …( read more )

Healing Hands

January 20, 2015

Little did Andy know, when he travelled to a nearby town to arrest a noted publisher for failing to pay a ticket fine, that he would be accused of malfeasance of office. The accusations were based on an interview the publisher's reporter …( read more )

Granted Favour

November 16, 2013

When the Jesus film is completed in a new language, a premiere showing is often done for the leaders of the area where the language is spoken. The film was ready in the "Yucatec Maya" language, which is spoken by a third of the …( read more )

Thinning Out

May 28, 2013

The company that owns the forest behind my son's country property has been actively cutting down trees, which I thought was a shame, the bit of a tree hugger that I am. But what they are doing is thinning out the forest, so that the …( read more )

Cruising From Comedy To Worship

March 5, 2013

The cruise director on a recent cruise doubled, or should I say tripled, as a comedian at night and conducted the non-denominational service on Sunday. It was a smaller cruise line; the number of staff and passengers totalled almost …( read more )

Watering

August 31, 2012

When the hot, dry days of July arrived, the maple tree that we had planted beyond reach of the garden hose looked dead. Hoping against hope, once a day, I began toting water to soak the soil around the base … (read more)

Prayer School (1)

July 7, 2012

For most of my adult life, I did not quite trust in prayer. I wanted to, but did not really get into it. I had been exposed to people who pray. I attended church all my life. I took part … (read more)

Mending Broken Wings And Things

June 29, 2012

Winter was all but gone and spring was in the air. Feeling invigorated, I headed out into the sunshine for some final winter fun on the skating rink at Victoria Park. I struck a pose, and struck the ice, ending … (read more)

Intervention

August 19, 2011

"Don't be judgmental!" "Only God can judge!" "You Christians are always judging others." If I had a dollar for every time that I've heard or read that somewhere, then I'd be a rich person today. People want to live their … (read more)

Dealing With Anger

April 12, 2011

After Jesus learned that His cousin John had been beheaded, He showed us a strategy for dealing with anger or disappointment. First, He went to a solitary place. Can we assume that He communed with His Father while in private? … (read more)

Prayer Power

February 16, 2011

My family lives about two hours from our city, and I take the back roads through small towns when I go to visit them. The scenery is beautiful, and this route keeps me off the six-lane freeways. One night, however, … (read more)

The Maze

July 24, 2010

One summer, we decided to go to a local attraction called The Maze. The farmer had taken a field of corn stalks and cut a maze through it. As we followed the paths to different stations, we would find clues … (read more)

Tears In The Night

May 12, 2010

The sound from the next cubicle was heart wrenching — sobbing. Whoever was in there was very upset. Cancer had invaded his body, and being alone and, yes, afraid, he found the dark moments of the night very hard to … (read more)

Fervent Prayer

April 11, 2010

Through this and Scriptures like it, I frequently need to bring my personal prayer life to be examined by the Lord. Of all that I do pray for, what may I be leaving out? I've never heard that I'm doing … (read more)

The Unveiling

April 22, 2009

A large parcel of land was surrounded by homes and busy streets. Then came the earthmovers. Small trees were removed; the land was stripped; footings were dug. Day by day and week by week, we watched the land being transformed. … (read more)

Prayer For The Stranger

November 13, 2008

I was in a dining room recently when a caregiver for troubled children came in with a few of her charges. A little girl, possibly between ten and twelve years of age, dropped her fork and spoon. Her hands were … (read more)

Never Give Up

October 8, 2008

One of my uncles bought apple seeds and raffia palm seeds. He planted these seeds on same day on the same farmland, divided into two plots, each with enough manure. After a short while, the apple seeds germinated and grew … (read more)

Support

June 5, 2008

I love watching wild birds — whether they are flying across the sky, or hopping around my yard, or swimming in a lake. Recently, while going for a walk, I stopped and rested on a park bench by a small … (read more)

Heavenly Storage

May 6, 2007

For many years, I have been living with the knowledge that I am responsible for a very valuable diamond ring that was my mother's. She was given these diamonds when she married my stepfather. He had his "graduation" several years … (read more)

Aren't You Excited?!

January 7, 2007

Last year, from February to August, family and close-friend weddings took us to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Alberta, Canada; Sicily, Italy; and to one that was a half-hour ride from home. We also had our "regular" lives to fit in between … (read more)

Covering A Multitude Of Sins

October 18, 2006

The day came when we decided to replace a window in our home. We had someone come in and give us a price on an aluminium-clad window and framing. (No more painting!) The deal was struck, and we were told … (read more)

Honesty

February 10, 2005

When I was visiting one of my daughters, her four-year-old son was watching me put on my make-up. He wondered what I was doing, so I told him I was making myself beautiful. Then I asked him if he thought … (read more)

A Secret Pal

December 28, 2004

In our women's group, we drew names for secret pals at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year, we would do thoughtful things for our pal, and at the last meeting of the year, we would reveal who our … (read more)

Morning Notes

May 18, 2004

A writing course I once took required me to write three pages of Morning Notes to get my thoughts moving. We were to write about any subject that came to mind. The first page was a usually-dry diary-type note, but … (read more)

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