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The Visitation

March 16, 2017

The symptoms of vascular dementia include memory loss, confusion, and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, or language that are serious enough to interfere with daily life. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged because of …( 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 )

From Afar

October 1, 2015

Every day, I look at my Facebook page. Because most of my family live 3,000 miles away in Scotland, it's about the only regular contact I have with them. I like to read their comments and see what they are doing. I like to share a few …( read more )

Known

September 6, 2015

"Is there a Richard Adam Reilly in the car?" With those words, the Customs and Border Protection Officer cast a pall over the car. Under sunny skies which promised pleasant driving, my wife and I had journeyed with my eldest son and our …( read more )

War Of The Two Worlds

March 11, 2015

As I was perusing an article in my monthly health magazine, I was astonished to read that 500 to 1000 species of bacteria inhabit our intestines, and that equates to roughly 100 trillion micro-organisms, all prepared to defend our bodies …( read more )

The Hedge

November 17, 2014

When I am out walking with the pack, I find it both interesting and comforting to see how the dogs naturally split up. Some always walk ahead of me, some always walk behind me, and some always walk beside me. Behind, beside, ahead, they …( read more )

Reconstruction

October 11, 2014

I often take the bus to the other side of the city, and during the hour that it takes to get there and back, I notice some reconstruction taking place. On the roads and streets, there are excavators digging up water mains, machines …( read more )

In Search Of My Roots

September 19, 2014

My childhood was difficult and excruciatingly painful, to put it mildly. My older siblings often taunted me by saying that I didn't belong in their family. My mother confirmed this by telling me that the father of me and my younger …( read more )

The Command

August 19, 2014

At the age of 65, I am simply amazed at the number of adults who still blame their parents for so many of their own issues. They harbour both real and imagined mistreatment they received at parental hands many years ago. Even though they …( read more )

Having An Eye

June 10, 2014

I decided to crochet small blankets and donate them to the Women and Children's Crisis Centre. I intended to make them by doing granny squares, as I knew the pattern off by heart. Pastel wool and crochet hook in hand, I began to make …( read more )

Follow The Leader

November 12, 2013

I had to come up with a children's story one Sunday, and I had trouble finding a suitable subject. I agonized over it all week. I thought; I prayed; I checked some of the reference books I have; and still I could not come up with anything. …( read more )

Knits And Purls

December 10, 2012

Knitting has been one of my hobbies, and although I'm not an expert, knitted items for family and friends are especially found under the Christmas tree.

I keep an eye on the rows so that the pattern stays uniform in all the knits and …( read more )

If I Take The Wings Of The Morning

October 30, 2012

Years ago, this Scripture was quoted to me by a dear friend and family doctor as being the epitaph on a simple stone marking the grave of the famous American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist, Charles Lindbergh, on … (read more)

Junk Food

August 23, 2012

I am middle-aged. I used to be slender. Now I am becoming more shapely — box-shaped, that is. I want to get back to the figure I had when I was twenty years old and felt confident walking down the … (read more)

Not A Number

June 28, 2012

On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg, killing 1,517 passengers and crew members. It was a horrific tragedy, as many lost their lives. It was said that some tombstones had a number inscribed instead of a … (read more)

Don't Fret Over Lost Crackers

April 14, 2012

One morning, a very good friend and I were driving to a destination in his mother's extremely slick Camaro. My buddy was borrowing his mother's vehicle until he had the funds to purchase his own, so he was taking special … (read more)

Even There

February 6, 2012

In my sky-blue Malibu, I was driving alone across a wide expanse of white-bright, flat, flat prairie on a narrow road untracked since the night's soft snowfall. My car tires crunched snow into the gravel, sketching parallel lines in the … (read more)

Taking A Look Inside

January 24, 2012

When I was in graduate school, I was part of a group that modelled a certain technique to the class using a fish bowl exercise. How it worked was that a group of six of us plus the professor sat … (read more)

Handmade Dolls

November 5, 2011

I have been given odds and ends of colourful yarn to knit special dolls. My senior hands don't hold the needles as they should or make the rows as neatly as they could be. Nevertheless, I enjoy creating dolls — … (read more)

You Are Awesome!

October 25, 2011

Recently, a grandson was here after school for a few hours. I told him, "You are awesome!" He grinned and said, "I know! Thanks!" That got me to thinking about God, and how He thinks of us, especially in comparison … (read more)

When Light Shines In The Darkness

September 17, 2011

When the prophet Isaiah spoke of a people walking in darkness, in Isaiah 9:2, he was speaking of the spiritual and moral condition of human hearts. In Scripture, "the heart" refers the centre and source of the whole inner life, … (read more)

Worship Leads To Life

May 25, 2011

Frequently through my Christian journey, education, and wrestlings, the changes the Lord has wanted to bring in my life have turned out as a bungee jump in reverse: no risk to my life at all, but rather leading higher to … (read more)

Release From Strongholds

January 16, 2011

According to Answers.com , the biblical definition of a stronghold is as follows: The Greek word for stronghold, taken literally, means a fortress. It is used in the Bible also as a metaphor to represent things that are based … (read more)

Trials

September 5, 2010

One of the hardest things in life for an expectant mother is to find out that the baby that she has been carrying for almost eight months is stillborn. In a moment's time, the world of the expectant father and … (read more)

The Mirror

July 13, 2010

Hoss, our wirehaired dachshund, has a problem. Whenever he is on my bed and he stands up and turns in a certain way, he begins to bark frantically at the image he sees in my dresser mirror. Even though he … (read more)

Intricate Details

June 17, 2010

Recent car problems found us searching the owner's manual and then the Internet for repair information. Once my husband felt that he had all the details he needed, he then tackled taking the dashboard of the car apart. Once the … (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)

Wonderfully Made

November 20, 2009

I am a professor of biology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, and the truth in this verse shouts out to me almost daily. It is truly wonderful the way the human body has been made. I marvel … (read more)

How Precious?

October 6, 2009

Earlier in life, my thoughts were taken up with others, especially in caring for my husband and children, as well as the many other family, household, and church needs and duties I wanted to fulfill. For the most part, I … (read more)

Peanut

September 13, 2009

He is very old and has cataracts. Only three teeth remain, and he has a severe heart condition. Stress causes him to chew his tongue constantly. His nails were so long that they had grown under and curled into his … (read more)

Heart Condition

August 16, 2009

In these times, we are well taught and warned to care for our hearts by partaking of a healthy diet with adequate exercise. Many of us can be seen throughout supermarkets diligently reading labels to know the contents of foods, … (read more)

The Guard

August 13, 2009

As a prison guards, there is one thing which we must do constantly — and that is to watch. Day or night, it doesn't matter. When we are on duty, no more than fifteen minutes may pass without a visual … (read more)

Lampposts

July 6, 2009

Throughout this week, I've been at Montreat College with our senior high youth for their annual conference. It's about my tenth visit, and as usual, our church's teenagers are great witnesses to our congregation and faith. Our Youth Director, Becca … (read more)

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