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Children's Time

June 12, 2016

Toddlers toddle forward unsteadily on chubby legs. One in diapers suddenly sits. Some wear big-boy pants, and some twirl in a skirt. All are not yet two years old. One lone toddler scurries after them, and nearing the minister, he sits …( read more )

I Surrender All

April 17, 2016

A song written in 1896 still drives me to tears. "I surrender all" by Judson W. VanDeVenter is a tearjerker. Do you know it? Our choir sang it this Easter, and I had to control my tears in order to sing. Mark 10:28 puts it this way: "Lo, …( read more )

The Look Of Love

January 7, 2016

When I began in ministry many years ago, I quickly realized that I didn't have enough love for all the people in my congregations. I cried out to God for His love. It was then that I experienced an overwhelming flood of loving care for the …( read more )

What Are You Giving This Year?

December 18, 2014

Dear parents and grandparents: Are you stressing over gifts for those precious, darling, little children/grandchildren? Are you planning on buying the latest version of the newest computerized expensive something? When adults turn …( read more )

Servants

March 2, 2014

My mother and I always joke about our cat, Simba, having servants. He seems to think that he is entitled to having everyone in the house "wait on him". This comes from the old joke about dogs having owners and cats having servants. When …( read more )

Heaven Is For Real

January 24, 2014

I have been reading a wonderful little book called Heaven is for Real. It is the story of a little boy, Colton, who, when extremely ill in hospital with a burst appendix, had experiences of being in heaven. His father, Todd Burpo, …( 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 )

Camp… Campers… Camping…

July 12, 2013

As kids' camps are preparing for the onslaught of the many campers they will minister to this summer, there is always apprehension and doubt. Will the camps be full? Will we get all the counsellors we need? Will we raise all the required …( read more )

The Hands

October 23, 2012

I joined my husband on a run to the dump to dispose of some spring cleaning from the yard. As we were driving into the dump, I said to him, "Remember that day you saw the doctor at the dump?" … (read more)

Oh, Those Lost Opportunities!

July 5, 2012

My work and my living accommodation were both in the same building — thus my little boxer dog was usually at my feet under the desk. But she was getting restless, and I realized that it was time to take … (read more)

Servant Of The Lord

May 29, 2012

Our membership had moved to their first church building. I became involved in an activity which gave birth to our women's ministry, which in itself contributed to the overall growth of the church. The women began a monthly luncheon, inviting … (read more)

True Suffering

March 28, 2012

With pot holders in my hands, I took the pan out of the hot oven. I had not realized, until it was too late, that my left thumb was hanging over the pot holder and pressing against the hot pan. … (read more)

Sorrow

January 25, 2012

Recently, an e-mail friend has lost her husband. She faces both the release of knowing that he is at peace and also the sorrow of his departure. This calls for a profound readjustment to accept his absence and allow other … (read more)

I'm First!

October 21, 2011

Don't you just hate them? I mean, really? Who do they think they are anyway? We have all been there when someone pushes themselves to the front of what is happening and declares to everyone else, "I can do it … (read more)

Little Children Welcomed

September 28, 2011

A career change for my husband took us to another city where we quickly found a church of our choice. Here, my husband found a great admirer, a very elderly man with the mind of a little child. His vocabulary … (read more)

Fledglings

September 4, 2011

We had chickadees nesting at the side of our home, making use of a nesting box in a small stand of evergreens, protected from attack and the elements. It was delightful to hear and watch their comings and goings during … (read more)

Abba Father

July 11, 2011

Never, ever have these eyes witnessed such an awesome example of childlikeness — the state of being that Jesus spoke of in today's Scripture. I ask myself how something so powerful, so beautiful, could come through such a small child. … (read more)

Ahh! Spring

March 20, 2010

I can sense that spring is in the air in the part of Canada where I live. The signs to me are melting snowbanks and the sun with bone-warming heat in it. Birds are beginning to return, and small patches … (read more)

Clicking Noises

March 18, 2010

A click here and a click there, and then another click, and another click. The index finger keeps clicking on the mouse and the eyes keep watching the computer monitor to see the white arrow deleting and manipulating the coloured … (read more)

Open My Eyes

November 22, 2009

Going to the peak of a snow-covered mountain, slapping two skis onto one's feet, and screaming downhill isn't everyone's idea of fun. For the blind, it might sound impossible. John, a fun-loving, middle-aged man — blind from birth — has … (read more)

Look At Me

June 17, 2009

I first looked at page 186 over a half-century ago; now it's my computer's screen saver. For my tenth birthday, Mama gave me a small black Bible and said, "Son, wherever you go, take it with you, and when you're … (read more)

In Pursuit Of Greatness

May 8, 2009

Jesus had just broken the news about His imminent death to His disciples, whom He considered as friends, and yet all that James and John could think of was to look and feel important in His glory. The coolness in … (read more)

Abundant Life

April 10, 2008

It's a question that we all ask at some time in our lives: "How can I beat death and obtain everlasting life?" When I was eighteen, I overdosed on tranquilizers and almost died. I was saved by three friends, to … (read more)

The Power Of Touch

June 22, 2007

I watched the little toddler as he fell over a toy in his path, making a bruise on his leg. For a few moments, his cries touched everyone in the room. Through his tears, he spotted his mother and ran … (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)

The Test

June 2, 2006

A few weeks ago, I was tested on my faith that "All things are possible with God." (Mark 10:27 NIV) I had been studying Genesis, and specifically, reading about Abraham and Sarah, and Abraham's test with the sacrifice of Isaac. … (read more)

Glimpses Of The Kingdom

October 4, 2005

What do an English-speaking grandma and a little girl who only speaks Spanish have in common? Not long ago, I would have answered, "Not very much." This summer, however, I found the courage to step outside my comfort zone … (read more)

A Little Child Will Lead Them

August 13, 2005

Late one evening, my youngest son, Pete, age three, asked if he could have a bowl of Rice Krispies. I proceeded to the kitchen to prepare them, only to have him ask if he could "fix" them himself, just like … (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)

Good Night, God

February 29, 2004

Recently, one of my friends asked, "How are you?" and, when I hesitated briefly to consider how I should reply, she nodded knowingly, and said, "You're being carried right now." "Yes, I'm being carried." I agreed. Later that night, I … (read more)

The Important Part

October 15, 2003

The creative writing instructor in a class I attended recently stated, "If you want to learn to write, read the works of the great writers of the past." One student responded, "Why read the works of the past? They are … (read more)

A Very Gentle Answer

August 23, 2003

Recently my grandchildren came to spend a few days with me. They had a wonderful time splashing and playing most of a day in a new pool that had been set up just for them. My grandson, aged seven, wanted … (read more)

Being First Is Not Always Best

August 4, 2003

A memory from my early school years is of two classmates, Donald and Adam. These were the self-appointed leaders of our class. Whatever the circumstances, whether in the classroom or on the playground, they always insisted on being first. They … (read more)

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