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Simple Acts Of Kindness

April 2, 2017

In previous devotionals, I have mentioned that I frequently co-author children's sermons with my friend, Anne. Because we share our sermons with other writers, they share with us. This week, I received a copy of a children's sermon that …( read more )

Trying To Stop Jesus

February 21, 2017

"He was trying to stop Jesus!" My mind was jolted by that remark in a recent sermon. It was not about a wicked person, but about a godly prophet: John the Baptist. Peter also tried to stop Jesus — twice! Obviously, well-meaning …( read more )

Servant King

November 15, 2016

Recently, I attended the memorial service of a Christian friend. While I have gone to many such events, this one impacted me as no other has done. This woman's life, from the time she became a Christian, was one of service to others. The …( read more )

Ambushed

February 18, 2016

After my wife's death, a friend of her mother telephoned to offer her condolences. Among other things, she told me about being ambushed. This is when something happens that brings back memories. I follow a blog called Spitalfields Life …( read more )

Unending Love

July 16, 2015

I saw my friend's name appear on my phone. For three years, we had pastored churches in the same town and had become fast friends. We hadn't talked recently, so I was anxious to catch up. But the news that he shared wasn't what I wanted to …( read more )

Carrying One Another's Burdens

May 22, 2014

Two years ago my left hip broke, and it has not healed well. I have to use a walker. Many people have helped me wheel groceries to my car and put them in the trunk. Teenaged boys at church have lifted my walker into the back seat of my …( read more )

Alzheimer's

May 10, 2014

Many of us know what a scourge Alzheimer's disease is. While cancer in its various forms seems to dominate the attention of our aging congregation right now, we have also had our share of Alzheimer's and dementia victims. The despair, …( read more )

Humility, The Place Of Rest For The Soul

November 4, 2013

As I entered the reception area through the main door, a mistaken usher, knowing that I was a relative of the groom, asked me to go to the far end of the room and up a few steps onto the platform where the head table was beginning to fill …( read more )

Christmas Is…

December 4, 2012

Christmas is here; at least, a shopper's Christmas is here. Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, and toys are proudly displayed in store windows and shelves — beautiful, shiny objects to attract and entice the consumer. Well-thought-out …( read more )

Lift Up The Fallen

October 2, 2012

An elderly friend of mine, who was once a very vital and successful woman, lived her life as a committed Christian both as a business owner and in her dedication to her beloved church for over fifty years. Her attributes … (read more)

Washing Dirty Dishes And Feet

March 26, 2012

My friend, "Brooke", hosted her own birthday party recently in the social hall of her church. Three of her five children, their children, their grandchildren plus two great-grandmas, one great-great-grandma, and friends came to share in her special day! Brooke … (read more)

Bibs To Aprons

March 3, 2012

Gran never took her apron off unless she entertained company in the front room. Her aprons served as splash collectors, pot holders, egg carriers, and wash cloths for a fevered child's brow. I never saw her use an apron to … (read more)

Let Jesus' Love Flow

June 20, 2011

Initially in my early church life, I'd be most uncomfortable when anyone preached on the above Scripture. I didn't believe that I could attain to Jesus' love for every Christian in and outside my church. No, not me! Oh, my, … (read more)

Four Plus One

October 25, 2010

A friend of mine sang with a barber shop quartet in his younger days. He is always talking about the "fifth voice". "What is the fifth voice?" I asked Bob one day. "When four voices blend together, a unified sound … (read more)

The Buttercups Are In Bloom!

July 23, 2009

Today, in a driving rain, Princess and I walked quickly down the tar and chipped roadway. She was looking for "her spot". When she found it, I had the time to savour our surroundings. The buttercups were in bloom! Even … (read more)

Summer Sandals

July 20, 2009

It's finally summer. Hurrah! Like many, I brought out my brand-new sandals bought last year at a closeout. How I rejoiced in cool comfort! Then, "flip flopping" along, out to the garden I went. How good it felt to dig … (read more)

Love In Our Daily Lives

February 13, 2009

Recently, we had a Sunday storm with winds of ninety kilometres per hour. Rain fell steadily, making slick the ice-covered church steps and parking lot. Because of the wind, I found it difficult even to stand without being blown sideways … (read more)

Symbols

September 8, 2008

My mother loved clothes and dressing up. On Sundays, when she attended church, she wore a hat, high heels, gloves, and the finest dresses she could afford. Wearing her finest to church was a symbol to her, to show honour … (read more)

Washing Feet

February 12, 2008

Recently, in the Sunday School class that I teach, we were watching a clip from the movie "Entertaining Angels". It tells the story of Dorothy Day, who started a homeless shelter in the slums of New York City during the … (read more)

Bring Your Towel

May 20, 2005

This powerful image of Jesus during the Last Supper emphasizes the importance of humble service. Despite Jesus' position as God's only Son and his sacrificial role in establishing our salvation, he shows again and again, in his words and actions, … (read more)

Washing Your Father's Feet

June 20, 2004

The sinful woman washed Jesus' feet to show her love and hospitality to Him. She was also seeking forgiveness for her sinful past. Would you wash your father's feet? I did, when I was about ten years old. My father … (read more)

Removing Barriers

January 9, 2003

There are people in my church I never come in contact with directly. Some sit on the opposite side of the church down front. Since I sit in the back, I'm out and gone before they leave the church. For … (read more)

Real People

June 23, 2000

I'm a great lover of children's books. For several years I had the joy of working in a school library. Over the years I've accumulated a wonderful collection of children's books of my own which I've always said will be … (read more)

Maundy Thursday

April 20, 2000

One of the joys of my job as a dictionary editor is that I have the opportunity to learn many interesting tidbits about the language we speak. Some of these are merely entertaining; others teach me something about my life … (read more)

Wedding Band Mark

February 15, 2000

When I was serving in the navy, I noticed something that always bothered me. Guys who were married would take their wedding rings off to go out to clubs. They did it so that the women they met there would … (read more)

Upstairs Heat

January 7, 2000

In my home, my wood burning stove is located on the upstairs level. This is great to keep the upstairs of the house heated, but the downstairs does not get any of the warmth which is put off by the … (read more)

Helping Others

July 20, 1999

Here, in Alaska, there are a lot of unpopulated areas. When someone is driving through such stretches in the winter, the last thing anyone wants is for there to be a problem with the vehicle. Being stuck in the middle … (read more)

Smiling At The World

May 5, 1999

Recently I have started to run small worship services at a center in our town, which caters to providing help for those who are handicapped in one way or another. For me this was a special opportunity because I have … (read more)

Others Lord, Yes Others

March 10, 1999

It happened in Nova Scotia during the summer of 1949. The Presbyterian Sunday School children in Orangedale, on Cape Breton Island, were taking part in a Church Service. My wife Jean and I would have forgotten the occasion completely except … (read more)

Cleaning The Bathroom

February 13, 1999

When I was in the Navy, one thing I learned was how to clean. We were always cleaning the ship. Every weekday the berthing places (sleeping quarters) had to be cleaned for inspection. Each department that shared that space had … (read more)

Is That My Place Burning Down?

August 31, 1998

I was having coffee with a friend recently and he told me this story of growing up on a farm in central Manitoba, Canada. "I was out plowing in a corner of our field when I saw this huge plume … (read more)

The Way Of All Sheep

May 22, 1997

In her book, Raising Sheep the Modern Way, British Columbian Paula Simmons presents a nuts-and-bolts explanation of the vocation, including such topics as fences, feeds, lambing positions, parasites, hoof care, shearing, and mutton recipes. Yet even in such a secular … (read more)

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