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Give Thanks To The Lord

October 7, 2017

On the afternoon and evening of September 29th, we had a violent storm here in southern Ontario, Canada. Early in the afternoon, the branches on the trees in front of our house started to whip around. As time progressed, the wind became …( read more )

The Bomb

September 30, 2017

The other day I got bombed. It scared me half to death. Fortunately, I recovered quickly enough that I kept the truck on the road. It did take me a moment or two, however, to figure out exactly what had happened. As I was driving along …( read more )

Listening To Jesus

July 28, 2017

As a child, I often got into trouble for doing the wrong things, despite having been warned by my parents. I can still hear them saying to me, "This would never have happened if you had listened in the first place." As a teenager, I …( read more )

Shhh, It's A Secret

November 2, 2016

My friend, Anne, has the reputation of being an excellent story teller. She tells her stories at the museum where she volunteers and at various group meetings. She is also on the schedule to give the children's sermons several times a …( read more )

Seeing Is Believing … Or Is It?

October 20, 2015

The area where I work is dotted with large lots and homes. There aren't many fences, but there are a lot of dogs that all remain on their property as we walk by. Recently, I was on a walk with a lady that I support, and three dogs were …( read more )

Growing Seeds

October 7, 2015

During this past spring and summer, I travelled in the area where we live to lead services in different Presbyterian churches. There is a lot of cultivated farm land in this area, and it seems that the majority of the crops being grown …( read more )

The Storm

September 30, 2015

The tree was a gift from my parents when we bought our first house 17 years ago. It was a mountain-ash that fit into their vehicle to be brought to us. The tree has grown substantially over the years to a present height of about 25 feet. …( read more )

Let Your Light Shine

August 19, 2015

When I was a young lad, we lived in a house without electricity. We had a variety of oil lamps in the house. There were some rather fancy ones in the living room, some plainer ones in the kitchen and bedrooms, and a couple of lanterns to …( read more )

The Seeds Of Faith

April 27, 2014

At the time of writing this, about two feet of snow remain on the ground in the area where our small raised garden is supposed to be. As there was already snow on the ground when we moved here, I have not seen it yet, and I only remember …( read more )

Beyond Control

March 12, 2014

When the news came, I knew that the situation was beyond my control. I moved to the upstate of South Carolina in the early 1980s, and jobs were scarce. I had vowed never to work in a textile mill again. Unfortunately, this was about the …( read more )

Christmas Stressed

December 7, 2013

Don't you love that Christmas gives us at least a month of stress-free eating and spending, followed by at least three months of stress as we try to lose the pounds and the bills we gained over the holiday? Stress is caused by our …( read more )

Weeds

October 9, 2013

Our garden is not nearly as big as it used to be. We used to grow all our vegetables, as well as a variety of different fruits and foodstuffs. I was never a fanatic gardener, but I did look after it, and we enjoyed the fruits of our …( read more )

Wild Chervil

April 11, 2013

Each April for the past three years, our household has received a picture postcard from the office of the Grey County Weed Inspector. The cards advised of an invasive plant called Wild Chervil that threatens forage crops. The postcards ask …( read more )

Road Kill

November 29, 2012

One morning while driving to church, I noticed all along the edge of the highway bags of litter that volunteers had cleaned up the previous day. Sad to say, in the centre of the highway along the route were dead raccoons. They had …( read more )

Stilling The Storm

November 7, 2012

Hurricane Sandy barrelled up the Atlantic coastline of the United States during the weekend before All Hallows Eve, earning it the nickname "Frankenstorm". This monster storm lived up to its name as it wreaked destruction all along the …( read more )

Comparisons

March 30, 2009

I bought my husband an ocotillo cactus last week. It is supposed to grow rather large, but it looks rather dead. The roots are hacked close, and we really have doubts that it will grow. What we need is good … (read more)

Hush, Listen, Hear

March 12, 2009

A number of years ago, I'd been feeling increasingly N.Q.R. "Not quite right" is actually a huge understatement regarding my condition. Things came to a head one morning when I was so ill that I had to break my word … (read more)

Never Boring

October 28, 2007

Have you ever thought of the same old Bible stories as boring, since you've read them so often? Amazingly, after years of reading, I noticed two things in a recent reading about Jesus stilling the storm. The Bible tells it … (read more)

The Back Of The Ship

August 10, 2007

Too often as we read, hear, and envisage this passage of Scripture, we focus on the panic and fear of the disciples as the wind rises, causing the waves to spill into their ship, filling it. In desperation, they awake … (read more)

A Sower Reaps More Than He Can Sow

April 25, 2006

As followers of Jesus, we know that He has the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. An errand was needed to collect a few donuts and cookies for an early morning meeting. What was to be a regular … (read more)

Earless?

November 26, 2005

"You aren't listening," said my hubby. "Yes, I am," I responded, though my nose was very definitely stuck in a book. "No, you aren't," he repeated, "because if you were you wouldn't have just agreed to walk barefoot in mud … (read more)

Potatoes

April 18, 2005

Before going to church, I prepared some potatoes for boiling. I thought it might speed the process of lunch on our return, in the event of a delay. Until the day before, these potatoes had been left out — because … (read more)

God Gives The Gift Of Sound

February 27, 2005

I had to retire several years ago due to failing health. It seemed to take forever for me to come out of my depression. After all the different medical issues were taken care of one by one, I became more … (read more)

Pray For Mercy, Prepare For Judgement

December 30, 2004

Words adequate to give expression to the overwhelming sadness, numbing shock, and gnawing grief that grip so many in the face of the tsunami which hit south-eastern Asia on December 26th are impossible to find. We are called, however, to … (read more)

Peace In Our Tribulations

November 9, 2003

On a recent trip, the voices, which have been attacking me for so long, were clamouring again for my attention, though I was trying my best to ignore them. Yet, as I journeyed along the now less-travelled but more scenic … (read more)

Let Your Light Shine

November 1, 2003

Living in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, our city lot is not as large as what we were used to in the country. My wife, however, planted fast-growing trees, shrubs, and a variety of flowers, so that our backyard was transformed into … (read more)

Road Signs

February 15, 2003

When I go on long trips by car, I love to watch road signs, not only to keep me safe, but also to help pass the time. Sometimes they even make me think of something else, such as the parables … (read more)

Ice Dogs

June 12, 2002

I have just finished watching a documentary on television called "Ice Dogs", where an Englishman, Benedict Allen, learned to steer a sledge with a pack of huskies. I was transfixed by his willingness to risk his own life, as well … (read more)

School Days

March 13, 2001

My daughter started senior kindergarten last fall. I am a stay-at-home mom and we had decided that a year at home was more important to a four-year-old than a year at school, so we had not sent Bethany to junior … (read more)

Is Jesus In Your Boat?

May 18, 2000

I have very recently been through a very stressful few weeks in my life. My job has had me away from home for 11 hours each day. Upon returning home in the evenings, I have often been so tired and … (read more)

Out Of The Blue

November 12, 1999

As writers for Daily, we become accustomed to receiving responses whenever one of our devotionals appears. Invariably, we have some regular, devoted supporters, and there's usually a couple of new names sending words of support and encouragement. The day of … (read more)

Slow To Bloom

November 6, 1999

One of my plants is a rosebush planted in memory of a friend. Every summer it brings forth the most beautiful dusty rose flowers emitting their sweet subtle scent. For the last couple of years, when all the others have … (read more)

How Do You Measure Your Seasons?

September 21, 1999

In the spring of the year as we travel along a country road, the first thing I notice breaking the soil is the corn. It comes up and covers the fields with something that looks like grass. Spring turns to … (read more)

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