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"Here Comes The Sun" – 1 John 1:5-10

November 3, 1999

"Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right…." – George Harrison "Here Comes the Sun" is one of the few major hits George Harrison contributed to the Beatles, but the song showed what a marvellous songwriter he is. … (read more)

Our Welcome Mat

August 10, 2017

Last week, I had the carpet cleaners in to clean the rugs in my apartment. They were in a mess from dirt tracked in during the winter. Everything in the living and dining areas was well cleaned, but unfortunately, the cleaners left a big …( read more )

Another Chance

April 24, 2017

I have two old dogs. One is over sixteen. The other, though not quite as old, is severely affected with arthritis. Not long ago, the eldest took a bad fall and was unable to get up. Even with help, she could not stand, much less walk. The …( read more )

Watch Your Medicine

April 23, 2017

"You must take the blue pill in the morning. The pink pill is for bedtime. But remember that the red pill is the one that you take at noon." This is the type of conversation that I hear on a regular basis as I visit shut-ins in their …( read more )

Hard To Follow Instructions?

February 23, 2017

I needed a computer technician to fix my Internet security software. Watching him go from screen to screen, from page to page, with writings and numbers and codes for what to do next, I was taken by all the technology before me and the …( read more )

Jesus, Our Saviour — Human, Just Like Us

January 25, 2017

I am going through some health struggles, which can affect me both emotionally and spiritually. It often means that I don't deal with other people very well, especially if I feel ignored, misunderstood, mistreated, rejected, or alone. When …( read more )

The Undo Button

January 3, 2017

What a glorious day it was when I discovered the undo button on my computer! "Undo" is a command in many computer programs that allows us to undo almost anything that we have done. With a click on the button, I can undo my last action or …( read more )

The Unexpected Blessing

November 14, 2016

Last week, as I was out walking the trails with the dogs, I received the most glorious, unexpected blessing. As we came around a bend in the path, there before me stood the same pine tree that is always rooted at that spot. And yet, …( read more )

Healthy Life Verse

August 28, 2016

Do you have a favourite Bible verse? I would not be surprised if you do. Let me share with you one of my best-loved verses. It is found in the writings of one of my favourite apostles. Whether it is the fourth gospel, or his epistles …( 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 )

When We Don't Like The Paint Scheme

May 7, 2016

Having been involved in a church committee debate over the colour of paint, I was struck (and maybe stung) by Nan St. Louis' recent devotional, " Where are you? " which mentioned the negative effect on others of Christians who disagree …( read more )

Good Reports

April 7, 2016

Recently, my grandson received a school report that both shocked and delighted his family. In it, his teacher stated that in his opinion, this child personifies Jesus' walk on earth. It seemed such an outrageous statement. The teacher …( read more )

The Wolves

February 17, 2016

We have had two wolf packs in town this winter. One of them has been residing in a popular walking area, which has caused concern, to say the least. So far, six dogs have been killed by these hungry predators, and I don't want any of my …( read more )

Walking In The Desert

February 2, 2016

Fifty years ago, I spent eight months in the desert, some twenty miles from Muscat in the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman. We lived in a camp, about sixty of us, single status. How well I remember going for long walks every day after work in …( read more )

Plethora Of Light

December 3, 2015

The pace of activity has picked up tremendously at Arcadia Gardens. It all started with the daily hammering of wooden spikes in the courtyard. These preparations begin annually in October, as the property is transformed into formations …( read more )

Let Our Light Shine

November 28, 2015

Advent begins tomorrow, November 29th, in this year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2015. One of the features of Advent in many churches is an Advent wreath, with a candle lit on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. No thanks to …( read more )

Jesus Our Messiah

August 25, 2015

My great-niece, who has taken on a leadership position with a Christian youth organization, has recently married. What would be an appropriate wedding present? I thought of giving a few books to add to the young couple's now-combined …( read more )

"Precious" Memories

July 30, 2015

In 2000, I wrote a devotional about our daughter's dog, Precious. When we had to have her put to sleep due to old age and a fall, it was a really difficult day for all of us. She had survived with skin cancer for over five years and had …( 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 )

Gone Forever

April 14, 2015

I recently bought a tablet computer. I use it mainly for reading, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to hold a book. I also use it for my email, and I have a Bible app that I really like because I can check different versions …( read more )

Dr-eee!

April 11, 2015

One morning in March as I stepped out my front door, I was greeted with "Dr-eee!" — the territorial call of a red-winged blackbird. That first "Dr-eee" was echoed by at least three more. On our wetlands, the song of a red-winged …( read more )

An Easter Gift

April 8, 2015

Last Friday, an article was published in the Toronto Star , subtitled, "An Easter Gift". It read in part, "On Thursday, the roughly 6-month-old lamb was spared from his fate at a nearby meat-packing plant, thanks to an unusual agreement …( read more )

Benefits

February 25, 2015

Is life getting you down? Are you feeling like Atlas, carrying the world on your shoulders? Sad, blue, depressed, restless? I know that I have felt like that, and often, I don't know what brought it on. Then, when I come to my senses and …( read more )

Preparing A Home

December 7, 2014

It was Saturday morning. Saturday was the day I did everything related to home that didn't get done during the work week. That Saturday, I had an afternoon event, so everything had to get done that morning. A trip to the pharmacy to get …( read more )

Barcodes Of Blessing

November 22, 2014

When we met on a sunny fall morning recently, my friend, Nina, offered me a wonderful idea as food for thought. Nina pointed out that because most of the leaves were off the trees that day, when roadside trees cast shadows on the country …( read more )

His Story

October 30, 2014

When I retired, I made a list of all the things which I could do that would make me still feel useful. Looking back, I have accomplished many of them. The studies that I have been leading and the devotionals that I have been writing are …( read more )

Staying Connected

October 17, 2014

At least thirty years ago, a group of seven of us were finishing a two-year course in becoming Bible teachers. Our assignment that week seemed overly simple: Pick out a chapter or a portion of one, and prepare to read it aloud at the next …( read more )

My Cure For Worry

July 19, 2014

Perhaps you are like me. I have a good imagination and can let it wander with ease into conjuring up worst-case scenarios and doom-and-gloom pictures. I was well aware that Jesus told us not to worry. When I noticed that my thoughts …( read more )

Context

May 13, 2014

A few months ago, at the first meeting of our Bible study group focused on the Gospel of John, I learned the context of the book. Jewish-Christians in Rome before 90 A.D. were shunned by both their synagogue and their extended families. …( read more )

The Lamb Of God

April 18, 2014

A young girl witnessed a scary time when her parents disagreed and her erratic mother raised a sharp kitchen knife toward her father. God intervened and tragedy was prevented. Her father retreated. No one was hurt. "Yes, my son," Abraham …( read more )

The Cosmic And The Molecular

February 8, 2014

I discovered recently that one of the strategies used to tuck a large amount of information into human memory is to visualize an imaginary "memory house" where each room gives a place to store specific, important details. In preparation …( read more )

His Return Trip

December 5, 2013

My brother-in-law, James Cameron, was dining in a restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland, when he felt that the service was not as good as it should be. "I should tell you," he warned, "that my initials are J. C., and I was born on Christmas …( read more )

River Of Pleasure

October 30, 2013

In the midst of mundane happenings and basic, routine, everyday tasks, some days turn out to be extraordinary. So it was when I walked to a nearby store and the only thing occupying my mind was the item that I needed from that particular …( read more )

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