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The Cemetery

July 23, 2016

Every spring around Memorial Day, I arrive at the cemetery where my parents, brother, and husband are buried, to discover nearly obscured tombstones. Due to abundant rain and warmer temperatures, quack grass quickly sprouts from one tiny …( read more )

By Their Fruit

November 16, 2014

What does this mean? We could use it in many contexts. I was sitting, sipping my tea, and reflecting on an older movie that I have in my entertainment library, starring James Garner and Larry Fishburne, called "Decoration Day". It is the …( read more )

Angry Words

April 26, 2012

I could feel the anger rising within me. I was trying very hard to keep my mouth closed, to stop spewing out those angry, constrained words that were slowly rising from the pit of my stomach, trying desperately to escape … (read more)

Forgiven And Free

March 18, 2011

I have a confession. I'm a lawbreaker. "Why aren't you in jail?" you might speculate. I wasn't caught or convicted. You see, I was driving down a local interstate freeway not long ago when I looked down at my speedometer … (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)

Honest Emotions

August 3, 2007

The apostle Paul is one of my favourite Bible characters. I often wonder how he would be accepted in today's world. We like people with a Christian mask: a smile and uplifting words that make us feel good. We expect … (read more)

Good For Nothing

March 7, 2007

While driving to work one morning, I was listening to a preacher on the radio. He said something like, "It's a lot easier to deal with God than it is to deal with God's people." I thought about that for … (read more)

A New Year

January 1, 2007

A new year has dawned upon us. On my wall hangs a new calendar. Each year, I get calendars made with pictures of our family on each month's page. As I look at January, our whole family is there smiling … (read more)

Not As I Do

November 8, 2006

I remember a childhood friend's father fondly for his words of wisdom to his children. "Don't do as I do; do as I say do. At my age, I know the right way to live, but sometimes, I fail to … (read more)

Rules Are Made To Be Followed

July 8, 2003

As soon as I saw the little creature staring at me, I knew I was gone. Cute as a button, white as could be, with a little streak of black on its head, it was mewing. My heart ached as … (read more)

The Mirror Never Lies

January 19, 2002

I ruptured my right Achilles tendon playing in a game for the church softball team. After surgery to repair it, a blood clot formed in my leg while it was healing. As a result, my leg swells when it isn't … (read more)

Appreciation

November 25, 2001

For some months now, my grandson, who earlier underwent surgery to remove a tumour on his brain, has been living with me. The recovery has sometimes been difficult. Last week, a series of problems in my own life left me … (read more)

Step One

September 22, 2000

"We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God — that our lives had become unmanageable." Some time ago, I was asked to do a study on the 12-step programme and the related scriptures. The step … (read more)

You Don't Have To Be Perfect

September 8, 1997

Stephen Farris has written a marvellous little book entitled You Don't Have to be Perfect!, and if you've ever been tempted to put yourself down or write yourself off, or label yourself as good for nothing, then I recommend you … (read more)

It Stands Written

February 25, 1997

Let's leap backward a thousand years or so. Dripping wet from the Jordan's waters, the newly baptized Messiah was driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert. After fasting forty days and nights, Jesus was exhausted and famished. Like Eve, … (read more)

What Blessings?

January 12, 1997

When I feel low because of life situations, or the coffee cup is empty, or the grandchildren are such children, and the pension cheque doesn't stretch to meet all my wants… and when my memory recalls words like, Blessed are … (read more)

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