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Peril And Protection

July 4, 2017

A couple of nights ago, we were awakened by a great commotion outside. Coyotes were in the area — probably in the field behind our house — yipping and howling and carrying on. There were also clear sounds of an animal in distress. That …( read more )

You Matter To God

November 4, 2016

I've written two previous devotionals on the London transit service's slogan, "Every Journey Matters", the first focusing on the word "Every" and the second on the word "Journey". A reader of the Daily wrote to me recently and …( read more )

A Reminder

September 23, 2016

Whaaaaat? One minute I was striding purposefully along the parking lot towards my vehicle, and then, my ankle went under, and I was falling. Strangely, I was not afraid, but my first thought was, "Have I broken my ankle?" Slowly, I felt …( read more )

God Is Always With Us

November 29, 2015

One day, I was studying Psalm 121, and as I do quite often, I checked my Dutch and German Bibles. I noticed that in those two languages, there is only one word for shade or shadow, the emphasis being on shadow. That made me think more …( read more )

When Words Fail Us

November 17, 2015

During the last month, we have seen a number of events of terrible carnage in various places: Ankara, Turkey, October 12th – 97 killed, 250 injured; Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, October 31st – a Russian airliner allegedly brought down by …( read more )

In His Shadow

September 21, 2015

Some of my favourite devotionals are written by missionaries who share testimonies of people from all over the world. One message, in particular, stands out in my mind: the story of an individual from South Africa who has Downs syndrome. …( read more )

Alive In The Spirit

September 19, 2015

On a recent Sunday, I attended church for the first time in a month. I had been sick with high blood pressure and in the hospital. Now I am back to normal, just feeling very weak. But that Sunday was way beyond my control. Besides …( read more )

Third Eye

August 26, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have been using my road bike more than my trail bike. Both bikes have a side mirror attached to the left handlebar that allows me to see traffic as it approaches from my left. Due to hand and arm placement on my …( read more )

Holland Weeps

July 25, 2014

Most of us have been captivated by the news that a commercial airliner was shot down over the Ukraine on July 17th, killing all 298 people on board. Of the victims, 198 were citizens of the Netherlands. We watched the news in disbelief, …( read more )

With God's Guidance

January 20, 2014

There are many such places in the Bible where God speaks to people directly, or through an angel, or by way of the Holy Spirit. But not all of us get such clear instructions. Let me explain. In December of 1966, the company that I worked …( read more )

Rushing Waters

November 9, 2013

My years in farm country were filled with lessons from each changing season. When rainy season came, it would rain for days. The rush of rain was heavy at times and the downpour loud. There would be damage where the streams of water made …( read more )

The Music Of The Hills

August 9, 2013

Several summers ago, when a friend and I were on a cruise to the Holy Land, everything got changed all of a sudden — a bomb blew up at the dock at our original destination. We all had to go a different way up into Jerusalem by bus. I …( read more )

Clear Vision

March 25, 2012

The early morning sky hung heavy with dark clouds. I hoped that the forecast of no precipitation would be correct. Travelling along the busy multi-lane highway during the transition between rain and snow would be an unnerving journey. Through my … (read more)

Look Up!

May 24, 2011

When we tell someone to look up, we are encouraging them to have a positive attitude, boosting their morale, and reminding them not to give up when the going gets rough. We look up to read the road signs to … (read more)

Praise You In This Storm

March 3, 2011

I have always been the type to worship and speak to God through music. Both in times of happiness and stress, I find myself singing snippets from songs to help give praise and thanks to the Lord. It's rarely a … (read more)

A Way Out

April 9, 2010

The Olympic and Paralympic Games held in our province are now history. And whether people had tickets to games or were among those of us who just were able to experience the experience, there will be endless stories to tell. … (read more)

The Legacy Of The Leaf

January 19, 2009

In years past, I've pretty well cleared up the leaves that are left on the ground after they have fallen and been blown around. Three years ago, I was away a great deal, getting in some good Nana time, as … (read more)

God Works Through Friends

February 16, 2007

An elderly lady with a walker was ahead of me, when the automatic door refused to open and had to be operated manually. I watched as she approached the door, placed her walker against it, and began to push. I … (read more)

Monday, Monday

February 5, 2006

I thought it was going to be just another Monday morning: the usual commute to church, trying to avoid the usual traffic jam, whilst listening to the usual radio program. Just another Monday — until I arrived at the church. … (read more)

Holy Mountains

November 5, 2005

My husband and I toured the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina late in November — after the leaves had fallen, but before the snow came that would bring the skiers to the slopes. The scenes from the parkway and … (read more)

Shady Days

August 2, 2005

Looking through the bedding plants at the nursery recently, I noticed the plants were marked for "full sun", "partial sun", or "shade". This is important information for me, since I have large pecan trees in my yard that shade most … (read more)

The Watchman

August 28, 2004

A few weeks ago, the Halifax Chronicle Herald carried an article about my latest writing project, collecting stories about special crossings of the Canso Causeway, to be put in a book of memories in time for the Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations … (read more)

Does God Have Mondays Off?

June 15, 2004

Young and old alike warmly received the local parish priest into their homes for a visit. Not long ago, on a Monday, his normal day off, he dropped into a parishioner's home for a cup of tea and a wee … (read more)

Updraft Of God's Love

July 1, 2003

Many years ago, my family and I were vacationing in the North Georgia Mountains at Vogel State Park. A church service for the campers was held on Sunday on the veranda of the pavilion. It extended out over a mountain … (read more)

Little Children

October 11, 2002

At church the other day, we had to squeeze in a few rows from the back behind a parent and two children. The youngest, a pre-school boy, was rather boisterous and demanding of the mother's attention, in contrast to the … (read more)

Time

August 19, 2002

It seems like only yesterday, when my two daughters, Christine and Cindy, were waiting for the school bus to arrive on that first day. Tightly clutched in her right hand was Cindy's new lunch box. She looked a little worried, … (read more)

This Is Love – Sermon From The Shore

April 8, 2002

Have you ever experienced a time when a heavy heart crowded out the evidence of God's love? Recently while grieving the loss of someone dear to me, instead of being able to cast all my cares upon him, I found … (read more)

A Very Present Help

July 27, 2000

Some time ago, when visiting the Holy Land, we travelled the road thought by some scholars to be the route the ancient Israelites would have taken when they first entered the land after their long time spent in the desert. … (read more)

Reaching Higher

July 2, 1998

I am working for St. David's Presbyterian Church in Kelowna, British Columbia, this summer. The beauty I see in creation every day, astounds me as I ride my bicycle through the hills of Kelowna. The other day, as I was … (read more)

Look Past The Clouds

February 16, 1998

For the past couple of summers, our family has spent part of our summer holidays hiking up Hurricane Ridge which for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Port Angeles area, it is hike up through the Olympic Mountains. … (read more)

Out With The Old, In With The New

January 1, 1998

As a new year comes in; many of us make "New Year's Resolutions," a very old tradition in our society. It is a chance to make promises to change our lives and a promise to please those around us. Most … (read more)

Keep Looking Up

November 9, 1997

I am having trouble getting this devotional started. I know what I want to say but more than a dozen starts have all gone flat. Now I have lifted up my eyes to those words again. Help! That's it. I … (read more)

Before The Mountains Were Born, You Are God!

July 27, 1997

I finally got to live among hills, mountains actually, during our much anticipated family vacation in Alaska. For most of our holiday we were blessed with clear, crisp weather, allowing for fantastic visibility. On other days we were blessed with … (read more)

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