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Family

November 21, 2018

At this holiday time of the year, the word "family" often seems to come up. Thanksgiving is observed in Canada in October and in the United States in November. Next month there will again be times of holiday celebrations, especially at …( read more )

Now I Know In Part

November 3, 2018

Having recently retired from being a Professor of Biology, I find the transition strange. No longer Professor, I am Professor Emeritus, and have the privilege of carrying on what I have been doing over the last couple of decades: on the …( read more )

The Economy Or The Deluxe Package?

August 17, 2018

What do car washes and love have in common? This isn't a joke; it's to get us thinking. Obviously, both improve life: of vehicles, or of people. But that's not what I had in mind that day when I stood at the carwash mulling over the …( read more )

Selfie Prayers

July 18, 2018

I like to look at Facebook several times a day. Because my family is so far away in Scotland, it gives me the opportunity to see what they're doing and to comment on their exploits. I am able to keep in touch with them in a remarkable way …( read more )

Encounters With God

April 24, 2018

It's that time of year again: time to go through drawers and closets, sorting out, downsizing, and organizing. It's something that I like to do about this time each year, before the good weather comes when I would rather be outside …( read more )

Lost And Found

September 12, 2017

Recently, I lost my wedding ring. For over 43 years, it had seldom been off my finger, but at the end of that day, I looked at my hand and felt my stomach knot. Having already been evacuated once this summer by a forest fire, I had spent …( read more )

The Spare Chair

September 9, 2017

I bought a spare chair a while ago. It sits in a corner of my kitchen, and for the most part, it doesn't do a lot. It came with a lovely, handwoven, green chair pad, which the cats really enjoy lounging on. I do stand upon it at times to …( read more )

Kintsugi

July 15, 2017

What? Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing a broken piece of pottery using gold, platinum, or silver mixed with lacquer. I learned about it on the Internet. Rather than throw away a treasured and precious possession, something that …( read more )

The Examination

July 14, 2017

Now that the starter plants have been transferred to the outside garden beds, I stop amidst my morning chores to pop over and examine them. I check to see if each plant looks healthy and has enough moist soil around it. If not, then I do …( read more )

Listening To Others

February 3, 2017

The Samaritans are a national organization in the United Kingdom, whose 20,000 volunteers listen. Every six seconds, day or night, someone contacts them. They help callers talk through their concerns, worries, and troubles. Many years …( read more )

Walking Into The Light

January 9, 2017

Some years ago, I checked in at a high-rise hotel, and was instructed by the hotel clerk how to find my room. I stepped into the elevator and pressed the button for the floor to which I had been directed. When the door opened, I stepped …( read more )

The Marriage Verse

October 24, 2016

During a Bible study class, I learned that some of the older women had asked for and received a verse from God for their wedding, a verse that sustained them through the ups and downs of married life. I had thought that the "Love is…" …( read more )

Let Your Light Shine

July 17, 2015

I have been a musician for many years — all of my life. I have played with many musicians in a variety of places and situations. As a Christian, it would be nice to be able to play with like-minded Christian musicians who have the same …( read more )

Delayed Gratification

June 10, 2015

After a half mile and a 400-foot elevation increase, I was huffing and puffing. My only relief was knowing that I'd soon be travelling in the opposite direction. My wife, middle brother, and I were on a four-day trip to the mountains for …( read more )

Sonshine

February 7, 2015

It was one of those absolutely gorgeous winter days: bitterly cold, but with a brilliant sun shining out of a cloudless, powder blue sky that went up forever. It made me smile as I heard the hymn "Immortal, invisible, God only wise" by …( 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 )

The Greatest Gift

August 23, 2014

One day when I was downtown, I saw a young girl I know hugging three guys, and then before she left, I heard them all say, "Love you", and they went their separate ways. I asked my daughter about this, for she knows more about young …( read more )

Alzheimer's

May 10, 2014

Many of us know what a scourge Alzheimer's disease is. While cancer in its various forms seems to dominate the attention of our aging congregation right now, we have also had our share of Alzheimer's and dementia victims. The despair, …( read more )

Love, Corinthians-Style

March 15, 2014

Years ago when I was first married, I made a large poster-like sign of today's verses and proudly hung it above a common staircase wall leading up to our second-floor apartment. I was in love, and I was going to spread it everywhere. Each …( read more )

Laser Surgery And Relationships

March 6, 2014

Recently, one of my daughters had to have laser surgery to fix some retinal problems. It so happened that on the same weekend we went to visit her, another one of my daughters and I unfortunately had a "snafu": a euphemism for a …( read more )

Past, Present, Future

February 21, 2014

Materialism, or fixation on earthly possessions, is one of mankind's strongest temptations. During the past several months, with the help of friends, I have been going through a process of scaling down my personal belongings. My part in …( read more )

Do They Know It's Christmas?

December 13, 2013

In 1984, Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote a song titled Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise money for the people of Ethiopia who were in dire need due to the famine which lasted from 1983 to 1985. Many musicians gathered together …( read more )

The Loss Of Community

June 16, 2013

I received an e-mail recently called Church Services in the Near Future, which described a service where everything took place through iPads, tablets, smartphones, and Kindle Bibles. The sermon came by download, the offering was given …( read more )

Blind Spots

May 30, 2013

It was years ago when I was still young, married, and already had two children. We came to Canada as a family, with enthusiasm, learning about life in a new country. In two years, we had an old model car, and after getting his driver's …( read more )

Let Every Heart

December 11, 2011

When I try to imagine what the shepherds witnessed, the best description I can muster seems totally inadequate: an awe-inspiring light show, an angelic proclamation, and a chorus of the army of heaven praising God and invoking His peace. What … (read more)

Love: Silent, But Deep

October 31, 2011

Some years ago, I visited a particular nursing home regularly. It was an extremely affluent establishment. With even one casual glance, a newcomer would find this to be quite evident. I would visit the many guests, and one lady, although … (read more)

Glimpses Of Truth

April 25, 2011

The foundation of the Christian message is the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord conquered death as He had promised. He was seen by a number of people on several occasions following His resurrection. One such occasion, was on … (read more)

Let It Grow, Let It Grow, Let It Grow

November 22, 2010

Rhubarb grows abundantly where I live. In fact, someone pointed this out to me not long ago and suggested that I should perhaps write a devotional about it. So I took it to heart and surfed the web for some … (read more)

An Imperfect Marriage

August 1, 2010

The first person I actually saw die was my father. We did not think he would die; this was the man who had possessed the strength of two, who had wrestled with farm machinery and farm animals all his life, … (read more)

Glass Wings

July 31, 2010

Until recently, I had never heard of the glass wing butterfly, which is native to Central America and Mexico. The beautiful, transparent wings of these amazing little creatures look like glass mirrors and reflect the setting and wonderful backdrop of … (read more)

Through A Glass Darkly

October 27, 2008

Today while I was combing my hair in front of the mirror, the image before me was in sharp, clear focus. When I turned to the side, though, the image reflected back from the glass front cabinet was hazy and … (read more)

The Broken Plate

April 18, 2008

For years now, I have been collecting miniature plates made by Limoge with the theme "love story". These miniatures are expensive for their size but are a great investment for me. A few years ago, I decided to take them … (read more)

Free Refills

April 23, 2007

My friend and I were looking for a restaurant in which to dine while we renewed our old acquaintance. The mall we were in offered several choices; finally, we noticed one that advertised "free refills". That was the gimmick I … (read more)

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