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Listening To Others

February 3, 2017

The Samaritans are a national organization in the United Kingdom, whose 20,000 volunteers listen. Every six seconds, day or night, someone contacts them. They help callers talk through their concerns, worries, and troubles. Many years …( read more )

It's Not All About You!

January 16, 2017

"It's not all about you!" a grade three teacher proclaimed one day when a pupil raised his hand and told her to stop reading. He needed to go to the washroom, but didn't want to miss story time. He expected the entire class to accommodate …( read more )

The Light Of Christ

November 10, 2016

It was approximately two years after our two denominational churches came together and worshipped as one congregation that our pastor/priest retired, and our new church was looking for another minister to take her place. After almost a …( read more )

Just Use Your GPS!

January 6, 2016

"Just use your GPS!" my cousin advised after I had asked her for a city map. I needed a map to find a friend's house; but she didn't have one. I felt rather foolish after hearing her suggestion. How silly of me to resort to the …( read more )

The Parallel

November 11, 2015

Every Remembrance Day (or Veterans Day), I am deeply touched as members of our little community take turns placing wreaths of remembrance at the base of our town's cenotaph. Each wreath represents a different era: a war which has been …( read more )

Let Your Light Shine

July 17, 2015

I have been a musician for many years — all of my life. I have played with many musicians in a variety of places and situations. As a Christian, it would be nice to be able to play with like-minded Christian musicians who have the same …( read more )

A Squeaky Disruption

January 23, 2015

Have you noticed that disruptions stick in your mind more easily than everyday, ordinary things? I have. Maybe that's why God often uses them as growth points in our lives, to change us. I began thinking about this recently while …( read more )

The Master Plan

December 13, 2014

My Italian friend, who was a tablemate where I live, loved to play the piano by ear, to the delight of the residents. Her favourite thing to do was to play requests from gathered audiences. On one private occasion, as she played "O Solo …( read more )

Filters

November 12, 2014

After a bombardment of emails, I took the time to unsubscribe from many sites that had at one time been useful but were now distracting me from relevant information. Not having received my PresbyCan Daily devotional for a period of …( read more )

Geese And Crabapples

October 2, 2014

Across from our house is a park that has a couple of ponds in it. When they built the park, they brought some ducks and geese to make their home around the ponds. Now there are not many ducks, but a lot of geese. They love to come into …( read more )

The Laugh

August 9, 2014

The rain continued its onslaught, so I decided to make use of this inside day by setting up our tent in the back room. We bought this tent many years ago and had lent it out to others but had never used it ourselves. Unfortunately, the …( read more )

A Tale Of Two Birds

April 2, 2014

Every morning that I commuted to church, I used to take great delight in spotting two beautiful, large birds. The first was a red-tailed kite which perched atop an old dead tree, constantly surveying the fields alongside the motorway for …( read more )

Coloured Icicles

November 17, 2013

I have a beautiful view of Penetanguishene Bay from my front living room window. At night, I can see the tall Catholic Church building that stands like a citadel across the bay. The lit houses that surround it make it look like a giant, …( 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 )

The Corn Field Connection

September 10, 2013

Recently while driving into town, I noticed that the corn on the edge of a farm field was only half the height of the stalks in the centre part. I'm sure that this difference in growth was because the plants on the edge were in the shade …( read more )

Fireflies

July 1, 2013

Canada Day, July 1 last year, was a scorcher, and the temperature was still up, well into the evening. It wasn't quite dark yet, but the rhythmic booms signalled that backyard fireworks displays were already underway. I stood on the …( read more )

Second-Place Chili

June 27, 2013

One year, members of a singles' church group that my son was attending planned to hold a chili contest. A lady from the group volunteered to make some chilli, but no one else was signing up; then, my son asked me to participate. When I …( read more )

The Gift Of Pain

May 26, 2013

"It is hard to forget pain, but it is even harder to remember sweetness. There is no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace." (Chuck Palahniuk) "Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, …( read more )

Prayer Of Worship And Dedication

March 27, 2013

During Lent, I meditate on the prayers that Jesus prayed for us before He went to the cross. The Charles H. Gabriel hymn My Saviour's Love drew my attention to Christ's prayer in Gethsemane. I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the …( read more )

Strength Under Control

March 11, 2012

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines the word "meek" as humble and submissive or piously gentle in nature. Meekness can mean different things to different people. I like to think of meekness as strength under control, because not everyone who is … (read more)

From Wrath To Praise

July 21, 2011

One of the mysteries of life that continually baffles believers is why God allows His enemies to persecute and torment His people. Recently, I read a thought-provoking devotional about Joanna, one of the women who supported Jesus and His disciples … (read more)

Nuisance Versus Importance

July 7, 2011

My normal calm, easygoing manner changed in the blink of an eye and the snap of a finger into that of a raging, stomping warrior! The clarion call went forth, and they all converged on my territory. They are no … (read more)

By Name

July 2, 2011

While on the PCCWeb Daily Devotional tour of central Europe and the Oberammergau Passion Play at this time last year, we purchased a "Heidi" doll for our younger granddaughter, Caraline, and a "no name" (but wearing the traditional folk dress … (read more)

Yo-Yo Person

May 17, 2011

Ever watched a yo-yo? Up and down — up and down. Round and round! Excuse me — round and round? A skilful player can direct the yo-yo up and down the string with incredible accuracy. The player's dexterity can bring … (read more)

Look Out!

January 7, 2011

Simon was a rascal, a great big handsome brute of a dog who loved to get the best of you. He was gentle with children, wily with adults. My pride often took a fall while walking him, as I never … (read more)

Appreciation

January 3, 2011

We own a small holiday trailer that we keep in our driveway during the spring and summer months. That way, it is handy to hook onto and use whenever we choose to do so. Once fall comes, though, we don't … (read more)

Marked For Life

December 15, 2010

I was quietly dreading the day, even though it was such a small thing and would be over in a minute or two. Having my blood taken was definitely not my favourite way to start the day. As I was … (read more)

It Isn't Fair

March 3, 2010

One morning recently, as I was running on the sidewalk, pushing Samuel along in the stroller, I was cut off by three different people, and had to stop in my tracks at crosswalks as people pulled out into the intersection … (read more)

Caring Beyond Ourselves

March 1, 2010

During his lifetime, my husband Roger was a scuba diver, and built himself a ski boat. He was also an excellent photographer, and built his own airplane, from which, for farmers, he took aerial photos of ditches. He also toured … (read more)

The Fainter

December 1, 2009

Annie, one of our pet goats, is a fainter. Fainting goats are a particular breed which when frightened fall to the ground in a faint. Fainting goats have been used in goat herds to protect the rest of the herd … (read more)

His Name Is Wonderful

November 29, 2009

Recently, my sister experienced the birth of her first grandchild, Christian Paul. His name (kept as a surprise) was not announced until the day he was born. As I thought about the biblical meaning of this wonderful name, I was … (read more)

Blessed, Poor In Spirit

June 20, 2009

"Good night, and God bless you!" was said to my siblings and me every night of our childhood, teens, and adult lives. My parents-in-law said the same to their children, and we did to our children, and they to their … (read more)

Humbleness Of God

January 21, 2009

I live in a dirt area. The rainfall is twenty inches a year at best. As I write, the last measurable rainfall was six months ago. The dirt we have is a good dirt, as a farmer views it. We … (read more)

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