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Disappointment, Guidance, And Comfort

September 11, 2017

For the past 25 years or so, I have been a pastoral care volunteer at the local Long Term Care facility. During that time, I have led Bible discussions and worship services when needed. Because of my involvement, I have met many people who …( read more )

SDG

July 17, 2017

This spring, I attended a special performance of Handel's Messiah by an orchestra and choir in Dublin, Ireland. I wasn't aware that the music was written for Easter, not Christmas. First performed in Dublin on April 13th, 1742, I …( read more )

The Shepherd's Voice

January 11, 2017

During the time when I lived in the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, I saw many flocks of sheep in the desert area where we were building a 175-mile pipeline. On several occasions, I had to fly to our field office in the interior of the …( read more )

From Darkness Into Light

November 16, 2016

I started to read the New Testament while walking on my treadmill five days each week. Some passages about Jesus being the light of hope in a dark world caught my eye and made me think of an event which happened a few years ago. One of …( read more )

Why Me, Lord?

September 16, 2016

Have you ever felt sorry for yourself and asked that age-old question "Why me, Lord?" I hope that some of my readers have been there, so that I don't feel all alone. As some of you are probably aware, my life has been turned upside down. …( 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 )

Post Tenebras, Lux

April 13, 2016

In 1972, while studying at Montpellier in the south of France, I played tourist one weekend and went exploring the countryside farther east. On that trip, I discovered the ruins of an old town, perched high on a rocky promontory. During …( read more )

Listen To The Voice

January 31, 2016

Our daughter is "horse crazy". She has been since she was ten years old, when she went with a friend to his riding lesson for the disabled, as they were both deaf. Shortly after that, she began taking riding lessons, too. Over the years, …( read more )

An Encouraging, Comforting Sister

November 10, 2015

It seemed as though my well had run dry regarding devotional material, because I have only so many experiences to draw from. But I had an email today from a sister in Christ. After commenting on one of my devotionals, she wrote, "I pray …( read more )

Green Pastures, Quiet Waters

August 13, 2015

Living in a tiny, remote, northern community requires that we travel a minimum of two hours each way to the closest city in order to access many vital services that our small town is unable to provide. We normally make this trip twice a …( read more )

Worry

February 11, 2015

Most people in my Bible class at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre have worries. Some are unable to get around without help; others are having trouble remembering. There are those who worry about their families and, in some cases, their …( read more )

The Doubt

July 6, 2014

The seed of doubt that was planted in the mind of Eve by the serpent in the Book of Genesis still has the ability to rear its ugly head in our minds and hearts today. Just like sin, doubt can creep right in, in a way that we aren't even …( read more )

Follow Me

April 12, 2014

Since we moved last December, we have had to tell several people what our new address is, and when we start to tell them how to get to our place, they tell us that they have a GPS which will show them how to get here, in detail even. I am …( read more )

Walking On Water

February 22, 2014

For the first time ever, this winter, I strapped on a pair of snowshoes and hiked off at speed over head-high snowdrifts into our scrubby wetlands. It was giddy. As I made those initial strides, the thought came, "I am walking on water — …( read more )

Walking In Shadows

November 7, 2013

I sauntered along beneath a canopy of trees, rays of sunlight periodically penetrating the thick overgrowth and slithering to the ground, giving a checkered effect beneath my feet — a mixture of sun and shadows. As the day grew weary, the …( read more )

Mighty Bobo, The Guardian Donkey

November 21, 2012

Bobo is a cuddly-looking donkey whose main job is to guard sheep. I met Bobo one wintry day while visiting a farm. He was standing near a flock of sheep, which were grazing contentedly at an outdoor hay feeder. Bobo looked quite placid …( read more )

Everything Pesticide

November 17, 2011

The book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, indicates that one way a shepherd tends sheep is to place pesticide on the animals to prevent parasites and insects. Sheep may worry to death or experience disease from such sources. W. … (read more)

Going Home

November 6, 2011

I have recently watched a few television shows about dying or death and what happens afterwards, ranging from the secular Dr. Oz to the spiritual 700 Club. We are all interested in it, even though we say that we don't … (read more)

The Good Shepherd

October 19, 2011

On the beautiful, green, grassy slopes outside Jerusalem, an unexpected sight popped up before me and touched my heart with a thrill of joy. Riding a tourist bus on a trip to Israel, I was keeping vigilant watch for things … (read more)

Heaven's Leftovers

October 9, 2011

I have a clear picture of a host of Christians who have gone before us sitting around the banquet table with Jesus in heaven. The fellowship and meal are a greater experience than our limited words can express. The bounty … (read more)

The Unwanted Visitor

October 18, 2010

It started out with a tickle in my throat. I immediately mixed some salt and warm water and began gargling. But by the following morning, I had a headache, a sore throat, plugged ears, and a runny nose, and in … (read more)

He Restoreth My Soul

September 30, 2010

We often come to the end of our day with many of this world's stormy implications invading our thoughts. Sometimes, it's the impact of world news, where, for example, some people inflict great cruelty upon many others of their own … (read more)

Thy Rod And Thy Staff

July 23, 2010

Recently, my family experienced the loss of my husband's mother. During the final weeks of her illness, I was encouraged to see that she was comforted by her children and grandchildren who stood by her side until the time of … (read more)

Rest And Renewal

May 4, 2009

"Green pastures" makes me think of spring, the lovely time of year when fresh green touches everything with hope. Being led by the Lord to a green pasture is our invitation to rest and to be renewed, as God fills … (read more)

The Laden Table

April 14, 2009

As I read this verse from Psalm 23, I pull up my chair to this special table and relax. Here, I can let go. Even though my worries are all around me, they cannot come close. Sigh! I wish I … (read more)

All My Days

March 23, 2009

At age 77, I have a lot of years to look back on. Have goodness and love followed me all those days? Integrity means that we can look back on our lives with appreciation, owning each day with pleasure. My … (read more)

Fearful Shadows

December 15, 2008

Often, when we are driving the highways here on Vancouver Island, the tall evergreen trees on either side cast shadows across the street, so that the driver cannot tell whether the dark patch ahead is a real hole or a … (read more)

Preparing For The Paths Ahead

December 12, 2008

There is something really special and reassuring about being led by God along this path called life. No one has caught this feeling as well as Joseph Gilmore in the hymn "He Leadeth Me". It was written in 1862 on … (read more)

Preparing For A Wonderful Relationship

December 9, 2008

Advent is a time for making preparations, to be ready for the coming of Jesus into your life and mine. We need to prepare for this "coming", for it may well happen in a new and perhaps even startling way. … (read more)

A Peaceful Passing

June 21, 2008

Often, we have heard that someone we know passed away peacefully. Never did I fully comprehend how this happened until I saw it with my own eyes. As my husband was dying on Easter Sunday, I sat at his bedside … (read more)

Juliette

January 20, 2008

We lived on a farm when our children were small. We had milk cows, beef cows, pigs, a dog, and some cats. We had never raised sheep. We knew nothing about them. A neighbour did, though. Often, his ewes would … (read more)

Absence Of Light

December 1, 2007

As my daughter and I wait for her bus in the morning before school, we often play with shadows. She tries to make her shadow look taller than mine. We step on each other's shadows. Our shadows do what we … (read more)

A Big Lesson Relearned From A Little Voice

November 5, 2007

The telephone rang, and when I answered, the little voice said, "Grand da da, I just wanted to let you know that me, mamma, brother, and Casey [the dog] are going for a walk. If you get scared, you can … (read more)

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