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The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God

January 14, 2017

It was a very snowy winter. Snow after snow fell, day after day. We lived in a very white world. As spring thaw began, a team of horses pulling a sled suddenly went down so deep beside the winter-packed tracks that they threw snow over …( read more )

The Unexpected Blessing

November 14, 2016

Last week, as I was out walking the trails with the dogs, I received the most glorious, unexpected blessing. As we came around a bend in the path, there before me stood the same pine tree that is always rooted at that spot. And yet, …( read more )

The Lord God Made Them All

October 11, 2016

So far in this whole year of our Lord, 2016, my wife and I have travelled to many towns and villages in our area to lead in worship in our Presbyterian churches. Some were without a minister, and in others, the pastor was on leave or on …( read more )

Focusing On The Journey

September 28, 2016

Many people get tied up with big questions like "What is the meaning of life?" or "What is my life's purpose?" These questions are difficult enough that many people give up trying to answer! But there's an easier, and I think more …( read more )

Perfectly Trustworthy

September 2, 2016

The athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games were all about getting the best score possible from the judges. These amazing Olympians all wanted to strive for their PB (personal best). Runners, for example, want the lowest time. They want to …( read more )

Expanding Awareness

July 15, 2016

When I was a little girl, maybe about three-and-a-half years of age, some of my family and some visiting cousins, children, and adults were on a patch of grassy-green yard just beyond our kitchen doorsteps. It was a beautiful, …( read more )

The Words Of My Mouth

November 14, 2015

We watch a fair number of English mystery shows on television, and some of them start out with the warning: "This show contains coarse language and scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised." They warn us, so that we are prepared. …( read more )

Clouds

October 30, 2015

One week prior to my high school graduation, the Pennsylvania State University awarded me entrance into the College of Art as an applied art major. As an upstart, studying the masters of art, from the classics to the contemporary, was …( read more )

Blizzard Speak

February 21, 2015

Psalm 19 beautifully reminds us of how God speaks to us daily and nightly through His creation, in the heavens and the firmament. There really is something wonderfully peaceful, serene, soothing, and faith-building for many of us, in …( read more )

The Rising Star

December 26, 2014

One year, my husband and I gave our children a telescope for Christmas. It was a gift that the whole family enjoyed as we took turns observing the beautiful night-lit sky. This experience reminded me of King David's words: Then, I …( read more )

My Father's Handprints

August 20, 2014

Following my father's death earlier this year, family and friends found themselves reflecting on his life. My own memories were stirred when I took a walk through my parents' former farm on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. For about …( read more )

The Rainbow

November 13, 2013

As we chatted on the phone, my sister told me about a spectacular rainbow she had seen the other day. It was huge and was in the field right alongside the road where she was driving. She said that she could see both ends of the arc and …( read more )

The Key

October 23, 2013

How do you ever get them all to behave so well? This is a question which we are frequently asked when others see us travelling with our dogs. Having nine does make for some interesting moments and conversation, that's for sure. The key to …( read more )

Cruising From Comedy To Worship

March 5, 2013

The cruise director on a recent cruise doubled, or should I say tripled, as a comedian at night and conducted the non-denominational service on Sunday. It was a smaller cruise line; the number of staff and passengers totalled almost …( read more )

Connected By Words

November 17, 2012

The Internet is an amazing tool of communication. The World Wide Web was an unimaginable concept last century, yet today, the Internet's capabilities are almost taken for granted. At the push of a button and with the stroke of a key, we …( read more )

Their Sound Will Go Out

October 21, 2012

When I was a boy, most churches still had two services on Sunday. An hour before the evening service, which was usually of an evangelistic nature, the members of the Open Air Band would gather in one of their designated … (read more)

Eyes To See

June 1, 2012

One of the things that I enjoy doing is taking pictures of simple things in nature. Often it may be a flower or something in nature that is sometimes overlooked. With today's technology, this is something we can easily do … (read more)

Bloom Where You're Planted

June 29, 2011

Last year, we bought a new house, and this spring, we discovered that there are daffodils in our lawn! "So what?" you might ask. Yes, I do enjoy their colour and beauty — they provide splashes of sunshine wherever they … (read more)

The Precious Things Of Life

April 27, 2011

The other day, I took time to finish reading a book that had lain on the coffee table for some time. As I did so, something else caught my attention. In the china cabinet, I saw a candy jar that … (read more)

Me, Meditate?

October 5, 2010

Whenever I read articles urging me to meditate, my instant reaction is to ask questions. For me, meditation conjures up images of people practising yoga, or saffron-robed monks who spin prayer wheels in oriental temples. Similarly, some Christian teachers confuse … (read more)

The Simplicity Of A Snowflake

January 30, 2010

I am not a lover of winter, but there is something special about the first snow. For me, though, it takes a real effort to see this, as I grumble about lost ice-scrapers and snowbrushes. (It never ceases to amaze … (read more)

Lurking In A Fridge Near You

January 22, 2009

Opening the refrigerator, I was not expecting to be met with an overturned jar of beet root — yes, beet root — the kind packed in vinegar. The shelf was stained red, and the beet juice had dripped to the … (read more)

What Comes After Hello?

January 4, 2009

My son and I recently met up with my uncle in a store. Once we said "Hello" to each other, my son and uncle began to chat. For the next ten minutes, the talk revolved around computers and the technical … (read more)

Lipstick And Angel Hands

October 22, 2007

Some time ago, my dear friend, Ruth, met me at the beach for the day. She lives in the United States, and we seldom have the opportunity to meet. She handed me a book, and in it were these words: … (read more)

The Heavens Declare

August 20, 2007

I've recently developed quite an interest in photography — landscapes, birds, and flowers — but particularly sunsets. Living in an area where I can watch the sun set every evening only a few minutes from my home has allowed me … (read more)

A Matter Of Honour

May 15, 2007

Yorkie pups are so cute, but they must be trained not to bark at every moving thing. My daughter finally had the dogs trained not to bark when her husband came home in the night. The cockatoo couldn't stand that, … (read more)

Song In The Night

September 23, 2002

When my daughter was little, she often had nightmares. She would wake up screaming in terror. I was always near when this happened, to hold her briefly in my arms, and to reassure her that everything was as it should … (read more)

Butterfly Mysteries

September 15, 2002

Several years ago, we visited friends in the small cottage town of Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada. It was late summer, and most of the tourists had returned to work or school. The sandy beach stretched before us, and it seemed … (read more)

The Heavens Still Declare The Glory Of God

February 8, 2002

When I worked on the Special Education school bus, I had to be at school at 5:30 AM. One morning, as I waited in the parking lot, I noticed the Big Dipper. I enjoy seeing the Dipper, and I have … (read more)

Amazing Grace

May 16, 2001

In yesterday's devotional, I wrote about going to England last spring to see my dad, ill with an inoperable brain tumour. I came back to Canada but returned to England in July as he became much worse. His sight went … (read more)

The Heavens Still Declare The Glory Of God

November 21, 2000

It never ceases to amaze me that God can take something that is irritating, turn it around and make a blessing out of it. When I worked on the special education bus, the bus driver and I started our morning … (read more)

The Glory Of God

June 25, 1999

In the dictionary, among the meanings for the word "glory", I find: exalted honour, splendour, radiance. As I read this psalm it made me remember nights at the lake when the stars literally bounced in their brightness and I could … (read more)

Accept Our Thoughts And Words

October 22, 1997

These words are often used in worship, very appropriately, as a prayer by the minister before delivering a sermon. The request is made that the spoken words of the sermon and the silent thoughts of the whole congregation may be … (read more)

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