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Facing Tough Times

April 5, 2017

In our area, this past winter seemed like a long time coming, but once it started, it seemed that it would never stop. During the month of February, we had very little snow, but bitterly cold winds with low temperatures to match. Many of …( read more )

A Two-Way Street

May 24, 2016

In advance of the 20th anniversary of the PresbyCan Daily Devotional on May 25th, I designed an appropriate poster and submitted it to Facebook. It was there that I heard from some of the people whom I had known, and still know, as …( read more )

Are We Ready?

January 29, 2015

As Tuesday closed in New York City, there was a strange silence. The streets were almost vacant of the usual flow of cars and trucks. They had disappeared, trying to avoid the coming blizzard. The weather forecasters had predicted a …( read more )

In Search Of Christmas

November 30, 2014

I was looking for a Bible that I had bought from the Robert Simpson Company many, many years ago. Although I didn't find my Bible, which I had likely put in a secure place, in my search, I came upon a book with the title, *In search of …( read more )

When We Grow Too Old To Dream

November 13, 2014

"When I grow too old to dream, your love will live in my heart." How many reading today remember that old song sung by Vera Lynn? Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of the youngest daughter of my son, who mentioned, "Do you know …( read more )

How Deep Is The Silence Of The Soul

August 10, 2014

Just after Christmas, a young teenager came to his grandparents and asked if he could stay with them for a little while, as things at his home weren't going well, and he had nowhere to go. No doubt there was a conversation with his …( read more )

How Do We Touch Others?

February 16, 2014

I have been writing for the PresbyCan Daily Devotional since January, 1999, when I first was led by the Spirit to put words onto paper (via the computer). I still have a copy of that first devotional and the four responses that I …( read more )

Christmas Past, Present, But No Future?

December 20, 2013

It all started in a large store where food products were displayed and samples were made available for the shoppers. I paused to take a sample and got more than I bargained for. A woman there began with this: "I don't know what to get my …( read more )

Remembering Sunday Dinner

October 13, 2012

How many of us remember Sunday dinner as it once was? The savour of a roast of beef simmering in the oven, the fresh vegetables, and oh! those mashed potatoes all smothered in homemade gravy. Then for dessert, there was … (read more)

The Four Cups

August 8, 2012

On an outing, my husband always manages to end up at a Christian bookstore, not that he is looking for something particular, but in browsing around, he never leaves the store empty-handed. On this particular day, I was the one … (read more)

God Is Not Finished With Me Yet

May 3, 2012

I had just finished reading an article in a magazine that dealt with the miracle of healing. I knew the author, and some days later, I wrote to that person and unloaded all the health issues I had been going … (read more)

Good Intentions

January 3, 2012

I have before me a card that I received before Christmas. I held it back so that I might take the time to write a letter to send along with my return card. Well, although my intentions were good, the … (read more)

Christians And Christmas

December 5, 2011

I live in a diversified, multi-cultural area to the northwest of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This area I now call home was only a small town sixty years ago. Now it has multiplied into the thousands. And yes, … (read more)

The Precious Things Of Life

April 27, 2011

The other day, I took time to finish reading a book that had lain on the coffee table for some time. As I did so, something else caught my attention. In the china cabinet, I saw a candy jar that … (read more)

Angry With God

January 27, 2011

No doubt there have been times when we, or people we have known, have observed events that have made us angry at God. It could be abuse, torture, the loss of a loved one through a horrific death, or the … (read more)

The Star On The Christmas Tree

December 17, 2010

I would have been around eight years old as one particular Christmas was approaching. We lived in the Parkdale area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our old rented house on Roncesvalles Avenue was a quaint house, as I remember it, with … (read more)

Spread The Word

November 28, 2010

As Advent begins, it truthfully scares me that amid all the hustle and bustle we can so easily lose the true meaning of Christmas. People who celebrate Christmas as a holiday filled with gifts, Christmas trees, and decorations sometimes get … (read more)

My Friends, Listen Up

October 7, 2010

I once lived in one of the most beautiful areas in southern Ontario. It was filled with tall, ancient oak trees, and the property had a huge garden. I was still of school age and thought that this was wonderful, … (read more)

Filling What Is Empty

September 23, 2010

Having had a postcard sent to me a few years ago, I chose to keep it on my computer desk where it sits to remind me to be still and recognize that I am in the presence of God, in … (read more)

The Empty Cage

August 23, 2010

A time came when we all knew my Dad was dying. I felt very close to my Dad, and I believe that he was concerned about how I would react when he was gone. Dad took me aside one day … (read more)

Our Heart's Desire

June 25, 2010

When we were young, what was it that we had a desire to become, when we were (shall I say) grown up? I remember my mother telling me how she had to take piano lessons when she never really wanted … (read more)

Accepting Help

May 29, 2010

In February, my husband had surgery that we knew would take time and rehabilitation in hospital, rehab center, and at home, with help. While he was in the hospital and the rehab center, we were asked, "Who does the banking, … (read more)

Encouraging One Another

January 24, 2010

Having written devotional messages over the past eleven years, I have been blessed in so many ways, especially through the people I have expressed my love of God to and with, and the encouragement they have been to me and, … (read more)

The Puzzle

January 10, 2010

When asked to give my testimony, I thought it was just to tell about my past, as a story. I was partially correct, but not entirely. As I sat back to write, the thought which came to me was that … (read more)

The Magi

December 22, 2009

It was just a year ago that I was taking an online course through Knox College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In short, taking the course meant putting Scripture together and keeping in mind how God speaks to us. As an example … (read more)

For The Love Of God

December 12, 2009

Three generations ago, my husband's grandfather planted an apple orchard on nine acres of land. He had several varieties of apples, with other fruit-bearing trees planted among them — trees that would grow more quickly and produce sooner. In between … (read more)

Left Behind

October 27, 2009

August had approached the midway point, and I had noted that the robins which bathed in the birdbath were gone. Yes, they had all taken flight and headed for a warmer climate; some who were very young were migrating for … (read more)

The Food Cupboard

October 12, 2009

Over the years, our church in downtown Brampton, Ontario, Canada, has run what we call a Food Cupboard, praying that the cupboard will never be bare. It hasn't been. Though the numbers of people have increased due to economic depression, … (read more)

It Was Then It Hit Me

October 4, 2009

We had a little visitor overnight and for the following day. I hadn't given much thought beforehand about my computer and the things that surround it: bookshelves, a printer, a huge stockpile of works that didn't make the cut, and … (read more)

Church Jewellery

September 30, 2009

A little girl came to my husband and questioned the chain he had around his neck. The chain bore a cross, which was tucked under his shirt. When he lifted the cross out into full view, she remarked, "Oh, you … (read more)

Don't Be A Sucker

July 11, 2009

My tomato plants are in the garden. Apart from some watering and fertilizing, I trust the results to God, who provides the warm sun and the rain. Yet as I watch the plants growing, I am aware of suckers. I'm … (read more)


July 7, 2009

Have you ever observed the tiny little seeds on a strawberry? They are so small that we hardly notice that they are there as we eat the berries. Yet for people who suffer from what is called diverticulitis, these tiny … (read more)

The Tea Flower

July 2, 2009

Some time ago, I received a parcel delivered by express. In the parcel, I found a clear glass teapot, a tubular insert with tiny slits in the side, a clear glass top, and two small tins marked "Tea Flower". Not … (read more)


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