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Pocket 9-1-1 Calls

August 9, 2016

I read in the newspaper that our emergency 9-1-1 call centre is having to deal will a ton of false calls from users of cell phones that have one-button emergency dialing. Some may also be children playing with unattended phones. I can …( read more )

Persistent In Prayer

April 12, 2016

I experienced what it meant to be persistent in prayer one night when my five-year-old daughter came down with pneumonia. Three doctors diagnosed her that night. She was in and out of consciousness and was hallucinating with a temperature …( read more )

We Make Choices

February 8, 2016

I have sometimes been confronted with this accusation: "You only believe in God because your parents ground it into your head when you were young." The implication is that our parents taught us their beliefs, and we have quietly accepted …( read more )

Get To Know God

February 22, 2013

In chapter sixteen of his book, The Power of Prayer, Andrew Murray deals with a subject that I am sure many people find difficult to deal with. It is the age-old problem of answers to prayer. So often we hear the complaint, "I prayed …( read more )

The Unexpected

March 1, 2012

Growing up in a family where grandpa, dad, and some uncles were carpenters, I was used to tools. My brother and I helped clean and oil things and get them ready for the cold winter in the tool shed. Watching … (read more)

The Whiner

July 15, 2011

Would you like some cheese with that whine, Hoss? Whine, whine, whine. How I get fed up some days with listening to that dog whine. In fact, I get so sick of hearing him whine that he often ends up … (read more)

Three Insights

April 18, 2011

The highlight of the Daily Devotional tour of central Europe last summer was, of course, the Oberammergau Passion Play. This five-hour presentation of the last week of Jesus' life, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, has been performed every ten … (read more)

Perspective

September 17, 2010

We recently met friends for coffee, and we got talking about Skype, which is a computer programme that allows people to talk with their family and friends all over the world. It is much like a telephone conversation, but people … (read more)

Tree Pulling

June 24, 2009

I like to garden — but I don't like pulling weeds. I especially don't like pulling up weed trees that are growing in the middle of a flower bed or vegetable garden. Even more, I detest uprooting volunteer trees that … (read more)

Monkey Puzzle Tree

July 10, 2008

Have you ever seen a monkey puzzle tree? They are also known as Chilean Pines and come from the Andes regions in South America. They prefer a cold, wet climate, so you see a great many of them in Scotland. … (read more)

A Peaceful Passing

June 21, 2008

Often, we have heard that someone we know passed away peacefully. Never did I fully comprehend how this happened until I saw it with my own eyes. As my husband was dying on Easter Sunday, I sat at his bedside … (read more)

Global Warming

August 1, 2007

In recent days, a report of scientists from the United Nations presented data on the heating of the earth, with serious consequences for the planet. The report predicts that the level of the oceans will rise because of the melting … (read more)

From Impossible To Possible And Promise

June 30, 2006

Impossible: Not capable of being accomplished. There are days when I feel like whatever I am trying to do or get done is impossible. Something or someone will get in the way of what I want to accomplish. Honestly, it … (read more)

Inheritance

October 11, 2004

"Inheritance" is a word that has come to mind often over the past few days while my grandchildren have been visiting. One day I discovered that I was mentally cataloguing the children's physical attributes as well as the natural talents … (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)

Learn To Keep Praying And Not Faint

February 21, 2004

A few days ago, I began to go through one of my older journals, and I came across this quotation from Hudson Taylor: "Move men for God through prayer alone." I then decided, as a reminder, to copy those wise … (read more)

The Children's Friend

October 12, 2003

When my children were small, there was one lady at our church who always had a group of children by her side. Not only was she active as a Sunday School teacher and Junior Church co-ordinator, but she also greeted … (read more)

Give Us A Cuddle

April 24, 2003

I work as a pre-school teacher within a nursery, and spend most of my time with children aged two-and-a-half to four years. Part of every day is spent giving hugs and cuddles when the children need them, whether it is … (read more)

The Inner Eye

September 19, 2002

As Christians in today's society, we must develop a strong sensitivity to the creed of a Pharisee. Do we exhibit those traits in our lifestyle? Most of us, at some time or other, have viewed the world around us from … (read more)

Walk With Me

June 13, 2002

On a Friday evening early in May, my husband and I attended an ordination and induction service at a local Presbyterian Church. It was a special occasion for everyone concerned, because a young woman, who grew up within the Presbyterian … (read more)

His Birthday

December 6, 2001

Recently I said to two children, aged five and six, "You seem to know what Halloween is all about; can you tell me what Christmas is about?" I got the expected reply that seems to be the norm for too … (read more)

I Am The Kiddie!

August 24, 2001

"I am the kiddie!" This was my raison d'

Focus On God – In And Out Of Sorts

January 24, 2001

Frankly, I have always loved the sunlight. As a small child, I regularly went to the park around the corner from where we lived to play. My tan got so dark that one time we converted a neighbour's old Brownie … (read more)

Seeking And Taking

November 20, 2000

Now that the hours of daylight in our part of the world are increasingly shorter, my daily walking routine with the dogs is anything but routine! And if the dogs and I are to maintain our physical exercise, I must … (read more)

Be Careful Of Pedestals

August 12, 1999

We are often tempted, when receiving a treasure, or handling old family heirlooms, to put them up high, lest they be touched by little hands and be broken. Many times the reason behind placing things higher is for greater viewing, … (read more)

For Theirs Is The Kingdom

November 6, 1998

When I was a little kid, I was used to this verse saying: "But Jesus called them unto him and said, suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God". … (read more)

Listen To What The Children Have To Say

April 21, 1998

For almost two years now, I have been involved with a team ministry on the outskirts of Victoria BC, starting a new Presbyterian congregation. As we have been taking steps towards constituting the congregation, it became very evident to me … (read more)

Grandchildren (2)

January 18, 1998

Yesterday, I wrote about the overwhelming joy and gladness I experienced when my grandson was born. In the short (two plus) years of his life he has taught me much about God and humankind. The most common metaphor in scripture … (read more)

We Are Sustained In Our Church Service

December 6, 1997

Even this pair of laid-back retirees needs the Lord's providence. How he does sustain us through the Holy Spirit in the community of the church! And so each Sunday, as my wife Millie and I attend church, our ancient organ … (read more)

The Pharisee In The Mirror

August 7, 1997

While I was studying at the Vancouver School of Theology, I attended a Bible study at Richmond Presbyterian Church that fielded a fascinating question. We were talking about the opposition from the Pharisees that Jesus faced during his ministry. Then … (read more)

Don't Let The Children Suffer

January 9, 1997

I opened my newspaper one day and read an article on a mother from Newfoundland who was pleading with the father of her children to bring her four children back. As I read, I added these boys to my prayers … (read more)

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