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With Faith And Gratitude

January 8, 2020

I have worked for the past fifteen years in the justice system, hands-on as a social worker, speaking with offenders in their living units and trying to assist them to untangle the situations in which they found themselves. Sometimes, it …( read more )

The Gift That Honours

December 10, 2019

Christmas is creeping up upon me again. Each year it seems to come around even more quickly than the year before, and every year, I seek to remember and pray about the best way to honour the King of kings who was born in a manger so long …( read more )


August 19, 2019

The second year that I lived in my summer home — a fifth wheel trailer (or RV) — the dual-power refrigerator quit working via electricity. Through a series of events — partly my fault, partly someone else's — it worked only on propane …( read more )

Guard Your Eyes And Ears

July 30, 2019

What we see and what we hear has a powerful influence on our thoughts and actions, and has had from the beginning of time. For instance, remember Eve? She was the first woman, the first wife, and the first mother, but unfortunately, she …( read more )

Just Ask

March 12, 2019

When I was twelve years old, my mother took a nervous breakdown in front of me. We were sitting in the living room, and she just started going crazy, throwing things around her, breaking ornaments and other items, cursing loudly, and …( read more )

What Do You Want?

July 7, 2018

I listened with delight to my eighteen-month-old granddaughter's attempts to repeat the words with which her brothers and sisters were coaching her. As I saw the pride on her parents' faces, I remembered my own children's first words. I am …( read more )


November 2, 2017

I belong to a writer's group that meets twice a month. When we get together, we have a ten-minute writing exercise, share a homework assignment, and engage in constructive criticism on two or three pages of something that we have been …( read more )

Help Us To Pray

September 22, 2016

As a pastoral care volunteer at the local Long Term Care Centre, I have on several occasions been asked to be with a person nearing death, who was in the "Comfort Room" with family members present. At some point, they would expect me to …( read more )

Windows Of The Soul

June 17, 2016

Recently, I watched an interesting movie that brought back memories of a certain kind of pop art. The film portrayed the true story of "Big Eyes" artist, Margret Keane, who was famous in the 1960s and '70s. Her paintings depicted sorrowful …( read more )

Time For What?

March 13, 2016

I may be retired, but as so many "retireds" know, it doesn't mean that we are idle. It means that we have more time to do things that we want to do, or at least, we can choose what we will do. That, at any rate, is the theory. The reality …( read more )

Listen To The Sermon

December 20, 2015

In many churches, the traditional ways of worship have changed. The order of service is not as rigid as it used to be. Some ministers interact with the congregation, and some people even reply. There was a time when we did not laugh in …( read more )

A Return Of Tenfold

November 15, 2015

While I was working as a ward clerk in the hospital surgical unit, I had an encounter concerning a patient and the hand of God which has stayed fresh in my mind. Being careful to maintain confidentiality, a doctor expressed grave concern …( read more )

To Forgive Is Divine

January 31, 2015

A news item one night was about parents who lost a child through another teen's weakness and grave error in judgment. The parents, being interviewed a couple of days after their daughter's death, made a public statement that they not only …( 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 )

The Perfect Gift

December 25, 2013

Loving grandparents gave their three-year-old grandson a sturdy black and red four-by-four toy truck for Christmas. Squatted on his knees on the floor, the lad tore off the wrapping, picked up the truck, and went to a cupboard where old …( read more )

God Answers Prayer

September 8, 2013

It was summer. Four of our family had come to Southampton, Ontario, Canada, to spend time at a rental cottage along Lake Huron. My husband, the two youngest (a girl and a boy), and I enjoyed the white sandy beach and the cold water of the …( read more )

Prayer And Providence

January 15, 2013

As I stood up from my chair to take my first step at the end of our church's pre-service adult Bible study, I experienced a very brief feeling of vacancy in the back of my left leg. Then I flew across the room and landed on my left hip. …( read more )

I Like Bread

October 28, 2012

I like bread. I like it a lot. Whether it's the bread that I toast in the morning, the sandwich that I eat for lunch, or the roll that I may have with dinner, my conclusion is the same: Bread … (read more)

A Great Reward

June 9, 2012

At our house, the "Free Cell" solitaire card game on our computer is used while Internet users wait for web pages to load over a very slow dial-up connection. Almost daily, I watch other family members solve a game in … (read more)

Trusting In God

April 29, 2012

My daughter gave me a beautiful picture of a mother holding her baby as she looked out the window. Under the picture it said, "Mother, I will love you forever." It reminded me of how newborn babies are so tiny … (read more)

Like A Bee

May 31, 2010

In May, the rhododendron beside my front porch buzzes with bees. They flit from flower to flower seeking sweet nectar. Occasionally, one hapless bee flies into my plastic-enclosed porch and buzzes along the plastic wall nearest the nectar-laden bush. It … (read more)

Prayer Master

November 5, 2009

My earliest memory of prayer was when either of our parents put my brother and me to bed. They taught us to say the "Our Father" prayer and to say, "Please, God bless …" so and so, and we'd proceed … (read more)

Just Ask

June 2, 2009

My friend was painstakingly peeling cloves of garlic with a huge butcher knife. (Women often use the nearest tool at hand, thinking they are saving time!) "Why do you peel garlic like that?" I asked. "There is a better way." … (read more)

Will Power

September 12, 2008

There is a cute commercial running on television right now. It features a gal munching down on a bag of cookies. Mighty Will Power shows up to save her from herself. (Let me say that he is one puny-looking superhero!) … (read more)

Holding Tight!

May 23, 2008

I have surrendered to temptation again: the temptation to wrest control of my life from God, to whom I have previously entrusted it. It is easily done — and, sadly, not for the last time. I hope I am getting … (read more)

Any Age – One Lord!

January 18, 2008

It's my age that makes a conversation piece at chit-chats. Someone's birthday brings us to think of our ages, and we begin the guessing. I am not good at guessing ages, but others bravely do so. What is systematically amazing … (read more)

God Answers Prayers

January 2, 2008

After getting renovation quotes for a new kitchen, which were too much, I called my son. He told my husband and me that he would do it for us. He said there was a second-hand store which supplied kitchen cabinets, … (read more)

Rejoice In The Spirit Of Giving

December 15, 2006

One day recently, enclosed with my Chatelaine magazine, I received a brochure from the Royal Canadian Mint with the title, "Rejoice, in the spirit of giving", in fairly bold letters. Then, in smaller letters, the following wording appeared: "Distinctive holiday … (read more)

What Lies Within Us

September 27, 2006

I was reading through a magazine that came to our home from a company that employed my husband for most of his working years. There were two particular quotations that I noticed. One was from Edward Gibbon, the historian, which … (read more)

Prescription For Safety

October 12, 2005

God expects us to make good decisions, but we must be watchful, slow down, and think things through in this fast-paced world. I remember that the very first time my sister and I went to England on a holiday, we … (read more)

By Sight Or By Sound?

July 9, 2005

I was observing a robin as he scurried along through the tall green grass. He moved quickly, then stopped, tilted his head, and bang — down went his beak into the ground. Often he came up empty. Then he got … (read more)

One Stormy Night

June 1, 2005

Many years ago, when I was a preacher in Scotland, two young women appeared at the manse door on a stormy winter's night. Both were slightly inebriated and had come to make a special request. One of them was a … (read more)

Inside Out

March 13, 2005

Several years ago, my husband treated me to the concert of a woman whom I much admired. She'd certainly "paid her dues". For years and years, she had scrubbed floors by day and sung in smoky bars by night, until … (read more)

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