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Be Still

October 9, 2018

I have lived in Canada for fifty years, and I still don't enjoy winter. It seems like a waste of time to me because I don't like going outside. I find snow not just dangerous but boring. There it is, every day for months — dismal and …( read more )

Water Supply

September 24, 2018

Canada contains one-third of the world's water supply in its more than 250,000 lakes. When I visit Niagara Falls in Ontario, I am profoundly impressed by the sheer abundance of water. However, like many rural dwellings, our house is on a …( read more )

Royal Invitation

August 12, 2018

When Prince Harry was married this year, several Canadians unexpectedly received personal invitations to the royal wedding in England. Of course, they were thrilled to accept. Wouldn't you? It reminded me of a time in a small village …( read more )

Like A Butterfly

July 28, 2018

In my garden, there are several beds of perennials. Each bed has a different name in order to identify it when I am describing a location to my husband. Apart from the obvious, like the Iris Bed and the Hosta Garden, there are the …( read more )

The Sign

July 16, 2018

Most of my time in the work force was spent working evenings, nights, and weekends. It seemed to be a good idea, because my husband was with the children when I was not. But I often missed family celebrations and church. My faith …( 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 )

Cleaning Windows

June 23, 2018

I look forward to spring, not only because of the work in my garden, but also for the many household chores involved. In a sudden surge of energy, spring cleaning includes washing blankets and polishing floors, reorganizing closets and …( read more )

Tomorrow

June 8, 2018

Sometimes, it takes a period of enforced inactivity to make us look at things from a different perspective. This winter, I suffered a bad attack of the flu. I thought that I'd soon recover and that "tomorrow will be better". But as the …( read more )

A Thief In The Night

May 25, 2018

There are rules for living in the city, just as there are rules for living in the country. For instance, city dwellers keep their doors locked. When we moved from the city to a farm where our nearest neighbour was a ten-minute walk from …( read more )

Love Letters

May 13, 2018

When I was a child, I loved the sound of mail being pushed through the letterbox and landing whisper-soft on the doormat. I had several pen pals all over the world. I did not know their language, but they all wrote fairly good English. I …( read more )

Party Time!

May 5, 2018

This is a verse that I particularly like to share when I am mentoring prisoners by mail through Crossroads Prison Ministries. I mark the Bible lessons that they send me, and then, I write each of them an encouraging letter. It seems to me …( read more )

Finding The Hope

April 27, 2018

A few years ago, several churches in my area participated in the Finding the Hope campaign. Dozens of Christian volunteers went door to door and blitzed the whole city with a small booklet about salvation and an invitation to church, …( read more )

Growing Up

April 10, 2018

I love to receive my grandchildren's annual school photographs. I can see how they've changed and grown. They often stand back to back with each other — and me — to see who is taller. The younger ones stand straight as their height is …( read more )

Death Row

March 27, 2018

In many states in the USA, capital punishment is legal but uncommon. The means is usually by lethal injection, and it is conducted quietly and privately. In contrast, capital punishment during Roman times was often public, and could be …( read more )

Always On A Sunday

March 17, 2018

One Sunday morning, we were about to leave the house for church when we came to a sudden halt. There was a small puddle on the floor of the mud room. Looking up, we discovered a slow drip from a pipe hidden in the ceiling. This would not …( read more )

A Signature Scent

February 22, 2018

I was delighted when a friend returned from vacation in Florida and presented me with a large seashell. I immediately put it to my nose. Most people would put it to their ear, listening for the sea. But I am hard of hearing, and to put …( read more )

What's It Worth?

February 6, 2018

My grandson accidentally let go of his six-year-old sister's new birthday balloon. Just minutes previously, she'd been thrilled to receive a shiny, foil-coated balloon depicting her favourite Frozen characters. But filled with helium, it …( read more )

It's A Miracle!

January 21, 2018

Do you believe in miracles? When you awoke this morning, did you consciously realize that you were breathing and your heart was beating? Our blood circulates; we blink and swallow instinctively; our hair and nails grow. We're alive! It's …( read more )

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

January 8, 2018

Recently, some of my family participated in a run to raise funds for breast cancer research. This type of run is not to prove who is fastest. Some take part in wheelchairs, some walk supported by another. The prize is that each person …( read more )

Sweeter Than Honey

December 30, 2017

Did you, like me, write your first letters on a slate with chalk? In Jesus' day, it is said that, as a reward, teachers in Hebrew synagogue schools would put honey on the slates of children doing well. They were then allowed to lick the …( read more )

Christmas Memories

December 20, 2017

Christmas wasn't a big deal when I was growing up, but my family would usually take the train to London to see "the lights". The windows of the big department stores displayed electric trains, animated bears clapping continuously, and …( read more )

Shine A Light

November 28, 2017

Isn't it interesting that the Bible begins and ends with the light? God is goodness and light. Darkness is equated with sin and evil. As a new immigrant in Canada, I walked home alone one evening in the dark. I was confident because I …( read more )

Light of Life

November 18, 2017

Isn't it interesting that God created light before He created the sun and the moon? Nothing can live without light. Plants need light to turn green, and they produce the oxygen that we need to breathe. We can't grow without light. Have …( read more )

On The Bright Side

November 9, 2017

Isn't it interesting that "the light of the world" is a title that Jesus gives to us as well as to Himself? He never says that we are "living water" or "the bread of life", but He does call us "the light of the world". A stranger once …( read more )

It's Not Enough

October 29, 2017

This was the scriptural theme for a new Bible study, the verse to memorize. Later in the same day, as I opened the mail, a pamphlet from an evangelistic association proclaimed the same verse. Coincidence? This is how God gets our …( read more )

The Tree Of Life

August 18, 2017

I have a goji berry bush, the fruit of which is highly antioxidant, long used in Chinese medicine, and also used to make jam. The plant is now as tall as I am. I fertilize it, but I've yet to see any fruit. Those at the nursery suggested …( read more )

Remember, Remember

August 8, 2017

If you grew up "across the puddle" (the Atlantic Ocean), you'll remember this childhood rhyme: Remember, remember, the fifth of November: Gunpowder, treason and plot. I know of no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot. …( read more )

SDG

July 17, 2017

This spring, I attended a special performance of Handel's Messiah by an orchestra and choir in Dublin, Ireland. I wasn't aware that the music was written for Easter, not Christmas. First performed in Dublin on April 13th, 1742, I …( read more )

Denial

July 8, 2017

Our five-year-old granddaughter was very small when she began to talk. She hasn't stopped since. The things that she says are often funny and endearing, but many of her questions are surprisingly sensible and thought-provoking. (I'm still …( read more )

O Canada!

July 1, 2017

For Canadians, July 1, 2017, is special: it is Canada's 150th anniversary! In December, I will have lived in this country for 50 years. I often return to my country of birth, England, but I love Canada. When I have visitors from England, …( read more )

Thanks A Bunch!

June 24, 2017

Why is it that here in North America, a gift of flowers is reserved for Mothers Day, romantic occasions, or perhaps a sick female friend? We rarely give flowers to a man, except at his funeral — unless he's a horticulturist by trade. In …( read more )

The Game Changer

June 4, 2017

If someone deposited a large amount of money in your account but didn't tell you, would it be of any use to you? Only when we know that the money is there does it become a game changer: it changes our life. Every new mother says that she …( read more )

The Easy Way

May 28, 2017

When we're in a hurry, doesn't it seem that every traffic light turns red just as we approach? We wait impatiently for it to change, fingers tapping. Sometimes, we quickly decide to take a short cut, an alternate route that we think will …( read more )

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