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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 )

Act Like A Child

July 25, 2017

They gathered around their teacher with wide-open eyes, eager to hear what she'd say. Our annual Vacation Bible School had arrived. Things would be different this year, since our classroom building was under renovation and we were short …( read more )

High Technology

June 14, 2017

I always seem to have had a far-flung circle of family, friends, and colleagues. I grew up in Ontario and still have two sisters nearby, but two siblings and both my parents moved to the west coast many years ago. My parents emigrated …( read more )

How Many Times?

June 8, 2017

I grew up in a large family with three brothers and two sisters. Usually, we all got along very well, but sometimes, a fight would break out, and we would end up pitching fits against each other. My poor mother had to come in and stop the …( read more )

The Blessing In The Struggle

June 2, 2016

Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long video workshop on a sensitive topic that can be divisive and difficult for some people to talk about. So the opportunity to discuss it with others in a safe environment …( 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 )

Over And Over And Over…

August 9, 2015

As I was reading the fourth and last chapter of the book of Jonah, I started thinking about how much like Jonah we all tend to be. Jonah was upset at the fact that the people of Nineveh did not get punished for their sins the way that he …( read more )

Fear Not, For The Lord Is With You

July 23, 2015

When I was small, my parents raised us to keep our mouths closed and our ears open. Considering the fact that I was a chatterbox, I never really grasped this; in fact, I never understood it. I was also raised not to ask for help. I guess …( read more )

Forgiver And Forgiven

May 16, 2015

Have you met Mr. and Mrs. Grudge? Let me introduce them to you. These people go through life, forgiving with great reluctance and carrying around feelings of ill will over various grievances. The grievances could be real or imagined. On …( read more )

Another Chance

April 12, 2015

The seventh-grade boy locked eyes with the girl sitting opposite him in my middle school counselling office. Though he was her friend, he had told her a blatant lie the day before. She had learned the truth just as the last bell sounded, …( read more )

Fear Factor

February 4, 2015

When I was very young, we lived in a small cabin out on the family homestead some miles beyond the small village of Forest Grove here in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. There was no electricity or such utilities back then. …( read more )

To Forgive Is Divine

January 31, 2015

A news item one night was about parents who lost a child through another teen's weakness and grave error in judgment. The parents, being interviewed a couple of days after their daughter's death, made a public statement that they not only …( read more )

One Of These Little Ones

August 3, 2014

With what glory and holy innocence Father blesses each one of His children! That includes you and me. Recently, I heard the pure, pealing bells of loving sanctification fill a busy barbershop, revealing and heralding our Lord's loving, …( read more )

The Habit

April 3, 2014

Midge, my 14-year-old dachshund, is stone deaf. She no longer hears anything whatsoever, and even though she has been this way for a number of years, I still have the habit of talking to her just like I did when she could hear me. I just …( read more )

On Beehives And God's Little Ones

September 22, 2013

Honeybees live in well-organized family groups where the survival of every bee, from the moment the queen bee lays her egg, depends on the combined effort of the entire colony. Worker bees clean and polish the cells, feed the brood, care …( read more )

An Angel Of Mercy

July 5, 2013

The Bible is rich with stories featuring angels. They are depicted as celestial ministering spirits. For example in the Old Testament we can read: In a discourse about little children Jesus is quoted as saying: Hamza Hassan from Saudi …( read more )

Watch Your Walk

March 18, 2013

It was very hot outside, and I had just come in from doing yard duty. I was so thirsty that I didn't bother waiting to get a glass of water from the staff room. I simply bent over and drank a long cooling drink from the fountain on the …( read more )

Where Two Or Three

February 18, 2013

A simple gift from a seven-year-old boy prompted this devotional. When I visited his home, Jacob presented me with a braid. He had made it by untwisting blue nylon rope, then reworking the strands. Singed knots fused the fibres at the …( read more )

Prayer And Providence

January 15, 2013

As I stood up from my chair to take my first step at the end of our church's pre-service adult Bible study, I experienced a very brief feeling of vacancy in the back of my left leg. Then I flew across the room and landed on my left hip. …( read more )

Trusting In God

April 29, 2012

My daughter gave me a beautiful picture of a mother holding her baby as she looked out the window. Under the picture it said, "Mother, I will love you forever." It reminded me of how newborn babies are so tiny … (read more)

Second Chances

April 11, 2012

As a child, I got myself into all kinds of mischief, and each time my parents disciplined me, they also gave me a second chance to learn from my mistakes. I do not think that they kept a record of … (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)

In The Murky Waters

March 24, 2011

Having two boys means lots of adventures, and I want to be right in the middle of it with them. That desire took us out in our boat on a warm sunny day with camera and map in hand, in … (read more)

As Many As The Shells On A Beach

February 11, 2011

Throughout my forty-six years in Australia, I have continuously frequented the various parts of the ninety-mile beach along our Victorian coastline. The gold and cream-to-white sand, the blue-green sea with its fragrant foamy spray, the breezes and winds are to … (read more)

Back At The Easel

October 29, 2010

We live in a western town where several nationally-known artists live. Consequently, we take several magazines devoted to western art. One article was about John Nieto, an acclaimed Spanish/Indian artist, who suffered a stroke in 2002 which affected his speech … (read more)

Simple Faith

August 8, 2010

Teaching my son to engage in real conversation, especially the ability to initiate and maintain dialogue, is a goal I persistently practice as a parent of a child who has autism. Many different books have been written on this subject … (read more)

Spiritual Life

May 23, 2010

How constantly happy I am to be saved to this abundant life, to eternal life, and by God's grace to live as God's child in this new covenant dispensation. In this new covenant of God's grace, loving Father God saved … (read more)

Two Or More

May 1, 2010

This scripture brings to mind memories of two wonderful friends and prayer partners I once had. Both have now gone to their final home. Their lives and influences remain strong in my memory, especially when I need friends to pray … (read more)

Ministering Spirits

April 13, 2010

The Bible has many references to the role of angels in our lives. Angels delivered the prophet Elisha and his servant from the king of Syria. God sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions when Daniel spent … (read more)

Tiny Running Feet

March 8, 2010

The stillness is suddenly interrupted by the sound of tiny feet, in socks, running exuberantly down the aisle. Eyes sparkling with delight, the little boy runs towards the front of the church with outstretched arms. The assistant to the pastor … (read more)

A Little Child Will Lead

December 25, 2009

Many who have worshipped on Christmas Eve or who have attended Church School Christmas pageants held on a Sunday evening during the month of December will be able to recall an instance when a particular child "stole the show" or … (read more)

House Churches

May 28, 2009

A close friend of mine attended a house church in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s that catered mostly to white expatriates. He recounted how these grew to be more than places of worship — they were also a means of … (read more)

Caring Community

February 9, 2009

We come across many verses in God's Word about gathering together, and about agreeing and being in unity. Like me, I would guess that you are continually amazed what we can experience and accomplish in pairs, in groups, in teams … (read more)

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