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Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

December 8, 2016

Last summer, my daughter, her husband and their young family travelled through Washington State, USA, on their way to Yellowstone Park. They stopped in a little Bavarian-themed town called Leavenworth, to look around. One of the stores …( read more )

I Stole Watermelons Only Once

October 17, 2016

The young person sat before me and said, "I stole watermelons only once." I don't recall even nodding before the rest of the story came out: A group of us young people went in a car to large fields known for their watermelon patches. …( read more )

What Is Our Truth?

July 31, 2016

Recently, I attended a tent revival meeting, and the evangelist made a statement that really surprised me. To paraphrase, he said that he doesn't concern himself about the contentious issues between the church and the world. The Bible is …( read more )

Attitude Adjustment

April 22, 2016

I have an interesting application on my cell phone that tracks my driving habits. It's for my insurance company, which sold me on it by saying that it could save me "up to 25 percent" on my vehicle insurance, which would be really neat! As …( read more )

How to Live? How to Die?

April 19, 2016

There is really only one answer: I do palliative care at our local nursing home. I sit with dying patients, both those who are peaceful and those who are frightened. I offer to pray with each of them. If they answer "yes", I pray aloud …( read more )

The Relief

April 2, 2016

The other day when I was tramping through the brush to untangle one of the horses' stake lines, I found myself heaving such a sigh of pleasure and relief. Why? Because we don't have any type of snake in the far north. It's just too cold …( read more )

Enjoy Life

February 12, 2016

Recently, I participated in a wonderful funeral service. That may sound weird, but it turned out to be a joyous celebration of a life lived well. The person concerned was a very gentle, humble, kind man, who touched the hearts and lives …( read more )

The Dead Tree

January 27, 2016

There is a huge, dead tree leaning precariously beside the path where I walk each day. The tree has been dead for a very long time. Its trunk is naked and bleached by the elements, and its branches, stripped of all foliage, creak and …( read more )

The Happy Ending

December 10, 2014

Ah, it's Christmas movie time once again, and how I love the collection we have compiled over the years: comedies, dramas, and musicals — so many, in fact, that we can watch a different one almost every evening during the Advent season. …( read more )

The Greatest Love Ever

December 1, 2014

With race riots, government oppression, radicalized terrorists, horrific new diseases, and financial meltdowns, today's world is in as much darkness as it was 2000 years ago, and as it was before that, when people were hoping for a …( read more )

The Biohazard

November 7, 2014

At work, there is a white pail with a large red and black label which reads, BIOHAZARD. Sharps, gloves, clothes, and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail …( read more )

The Italian Market

September 1, 2014

When I was a young boy, my grandfather often took me to Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, popularly known as The Italian Market. Vendors would openly sell meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, and especially …( read more )

Real Freedom

July 4, 2014

The Fourth of July is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. On July 4th, flags of red, white, and blue known as "Old Glory" or "the …( read more )

The Ayes Have It

February 12, 2014

Eye surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone is having it: eye surgery for their cataracts. I surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone ought to get it: I surgery for their selfish attitude. With eye …( read more )

Temptations And Choices

October 18, 2013

Soft music was playing in the background as I was writing in my journal. It had been a while since my last entry. Again, my writing had been put on the back burner, and I found myself wanting to get back into writing and meditation again. …( read more )

Christianity For Dummies

August 24, 2013

There are a lot of For Dummies books available. We have a few of them around our house: – Guitar for DummiesDigital Photography for DummiesScrapbooking for DummiesGPS for DummiesPCs for Dummies I must say that …( read more )

Among My Treasures

November 25, 2012

Among my treasures I have a letter.

The letter is from a lady who was the young wife of a student minister. I was a very young teacher when I received it, and had been home for a weekend or two when the young couple was ministering in …( read more )

The Kissed Hand

October 25, 2012

I was invited to join a family for a birthday supper. When we were all seated, a little toddler in his highchair stretched out his chubby arm to the centre of the table and stuck his fingers into the frothy … (read more)

Free Indeed!

August 22, 2011

"We're emancipated; we're liberated; we're in control, don't worry." These confident utterances are arising from young adolescent girls trying to console worried adults, according to a Maclean's magazine article, "Outraged Moms, Trashy Daughters" (August 16, 2010). The article expresses a … (read more)

The Power Of God's Lavish Grace

July 28, 2011

"We are most truly human, most fully ourselves, most profoundly free when we live in response to God's grace." – Migliore One day while visiting a school, I noticed an unhappy grade six boy sitting outside the French classroom. This … (read more)

Pardoned

June 26, 2011

This past winter, I went to a long-term care facility to feed an elderly lady five or six times a week. The family that usually goes to feed her twice a day went on vacation for two months. This long-term … (read more)

Sin's Senselessness

May 1, 2011

At fifty years of age, there are many things I still don't understand any more than I did when I was younger. For example, a tornado rips through a heavily populated area, killing innocent people and instantly destroying possessions that … (read more)

What Controls You?

March 28, 2011

Controlling and controlled — both have the same root word, but entirely different results. Type A personalities are usually the first and Type B the latter. I've known both in my lifetime, and I'm not sure which I would rather … (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)

The Indescribable Gift

December 3, 2010

This Scripture verse regarding God's indescribable gift has been written on every card my sister has sent or given to me my whole life — not just at Christmas, but on other occasions as well. I have often wondered what … (read more)

A Display of Faithfulness

April 16, 2010

What a delightful season we are entering! Robins return home and tiny crocuses poke their little heads up through the warming earth, even amidst the last bit of clinging snow. Baby ducklings follow mama duck, curiously turning to and fro, … (read more)

Tire Tracks In The Snow

January 9, 2009

For those of us in northern climes, a snowfall in winter is a common sight. Everyone has a different way of dealing with snow. One winter, I was very lazy, and never cleared away any of the snow that fell … (read more)

The Intangible Gift From God

December 11, 2007

My Christmas gifts while growing up were small, but very meaningful. In a family of nine children, there were no elaborate gifts. Back then, we were not into the age of technology, so our parents did not have that challenge … (read more)

You Are What You Do!

November 8, 2007

At the gym where I exercise, there is a white board where inspiring messages are written. One of those messages recently read, "You are what you do!" It meant that if we exercise and eat properly, we will be healthy … (read more)

Himalaya Blackberries

October 16, 2007

Himalaya blackberries are noxious weeds that thrive in untended hedgerows in the coastal area of British Columbia, Canada. Last year, I cut one woody cane out of the neighbour's hedge next to our church parking lot, knowing that if I … (read more)

On A Trial Basis

October 17, 2005

I can remember when all stores were closed on Sundays. Even gas stations had hours late Saturday evening and early Monday morning but were closed on Sundays. There was a store in Toronto that even closed all its show windows … (read more)

More Life

June 30, 2005

As I'm writing this, I'm listening to Don McLean's song, "American Pie." It's being streamed over the internet from Radio Scotland and I'm reliving part of my past, remembering when the song first came out. Lots of theories have been … (read more)

The Year Christmas Never Came

December 18, 2004

When I was a small girl I looked forward to going across our back yard and following the path over to my great uncle Lester's. It seemed that he did such interesting things, for he could fashion many things from … (read more)

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