Archive for August, 2021

Theory Or Proof?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

It seems that our world has become submerged in a pandemic of scientific theories, all promising hope for an unrelenting virus. How many of those theories have been proven? That's a big question! Only rigorous testing through time and … Read more


Monday, August 30, 2021

I had a telephone call today from a friend. He was suffering with a return of anxiety stimulated by the necessity for a colectomy and other things. He needed to talk to someone about his situation, and as his old mentor, I was the person … Read more

Lessons From A Waiting Room

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Important lessons can be learned in waiting rooms. My wife and I were once frequent flyers at the local emergency room, my wife because she experienced unexpected fluid gain and abdominal pain. One visit led to a brief stay in the … Read more

What God Sees

Saturday, August 28, 2021

During this time of COVID-19, we are all being reminded to wash our hands well. This pleading by those who are trying to keep the general population safe reminds me of an experiment we Registered Nurse students had to do when I was in … Read more

The Faithful Bunch

Friday, August 27, 2021

There is a dog door into my front porch so that the dogs can come in to get out of the wet and cold. I also have a large, comfortable dog shelter on my front deck where they may take refuge in a storm. Yet, when I am away for the day, … Read more


Thursday, August 26, 2021

I was sitting on my balcony, watching my hands show a slight tremor, and I thought about the value of our hands. Some months ago, I was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease, and while the medications have things well under control, I … Read more

Forgive As God Forgives

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

It should have been easy to back the Ford Escape out of the garage. After all, it's half the size of our former Ford Expedition. With that big vehicle, I had figured out when to start and stop turning in the eight-metre space between the … Read more

The Antidote To Unbelief

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

I live in a busy, distracted society, in which many have no belief in the Lord God, His Son Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. There are so many things vying for my attention: my job, social media, following the news, spending time with friends … Read more

Praying For Sunshine

Monday, August 23, 2021

The state of Oregon is known and loved for its verdant greenery. The source of this verdure is no secret — rain, rain, rain! Most of the time, we Oregonians satisfactorily work around this rain, but planning outdoor events can often be … Read more

The Fabric Of Love

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Recently, Jess's grandmother passed away. What could she do to honour her memory? Many times, we glorify our Father by showing His kindness and love to others in ways that may not be our usual way of doing things, because our heart is … Read more

You're Grounded

Saturday, August 21, 2021

I don't know about you, but I had a way of getting myself grounded! The day or the evening started out well enough, with lots of fun, but then, curfew time came and went! It always happened at the best part of the fun that I was having. I … Read more

There's A Vulture On Your Windowsill

Friday, August 20, 2021

Many years ago, I received a phone call from some local disk jockeys at the radio station downtown asking me to gather up what we called a gaggle of politically active older women, to come down when their phone-in program was on air, to … Read more


Thursday, August 19, 2021

My wife Evelyn and I recently went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Tennessee Theater here in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. I had forgotten what a wonderful film it is. To watch it once again on a big screen was very enjoyable and a … Read more

Bird In Home-Nest Hiding

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Have you ever peeked into a bird's nest to see newly hatched, tiny baby birds? They are so very small and fragile, and so dependent on their parents for protection and nourishment. The parents defend the nest and expend themselves to find … Read more

Not For Future Use Only

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

"Do not postpone for the future what you so greatly need in the present." (attributed to Hudson Taylor) Her vintage dishes showed little wear. Of course! She had considered them too precious for everyday use, so she carefully preserved … Read more

Follow God's Command

Monday, August 16, 2021

Naaman almost missed his only chance of getting healed of an incurable ailment because of his inability to obey a simple commandment. Thank God for Naaman's servant who did not relent in talking sense into his master to obey by washing in … Read more

Don't Know; Don't Understand

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Some things simply cannot be explained because information is missing. Complex sentences are composed of one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. Like my being dependent on my parents until I reached legal status, the … Read more

Radiant Faces

Saturday, August 14, 2021

The older gentleman approached me in the crowd of bustling shoppers. Wispy, white hair curled around his ears. "Ma'am," he said. "Can you help me find something in this store?" I paused from my work and smiled at him — a wide, beaming, … Read more

The Bug Spray

Friday, August 13, 2021

Bugs, bugs, bugs are everywhere this summer: in our hair, in our eyes, in our mouths, in the house, in the car, under our clothes, in the bed. A person just can't get away from them! I have therefore been using a prodigious amount of bug … Read more

The Oasis

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Not every desert story is the same. Mine began when my health began to fail, eventually confining me to my home. Looking for the positive, I could see that this allowed me more time to immerse myself in God's Word. Writing devotionals has … Read more

The Wind

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

By contrast, this afternoon, I was sitting watching a gentle breeze blow the leaves on a tree one way, then, without explanation, blow them another way, and then, unexpectedly, stop blowing them. I certainly can't explain why wind … Read more

Just Below The Horizon

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

I am so blessed that God has gifted me a little beach retreat at a village in Saskatchewan, Canada, called Manitou Beach. While my renovation may never be complete, I feel so blessed here. I feel so close to God, enjoying His beautiful … Read more

Squeezed Into The World's Mould

Monday, August 9, 2021

My grandchildren and I were playing with a new set of Play-Doh the other day. The modelling compound was satisfyingly soft and pliable, and it was fun to work it into people and animals. Moulds came with the set, to be turned out into … Read more

Promise, Prophecy, Presence, And Fulfillment

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Although I've read the Old Testament multiple times, I didn't fully internalize how relevant it is, both to my walk with God and to my understanding of the many ways that it points to Christ. This summer, I'm in a Bible study that focuses … Read more

The Red Chair

Saturday, August 7, 2021

There it was — along the Mersey River deep in the forest in Kejimkujik National Park (Keji to most of us here in Nova Scotia, Canada) — the Red Chair, or to be precise, Red Chairs, … Read more

Will Morning Never Come?

Friday, August 6, 2021

It was one of the worst nights of sleeplessness that I'd ever endured. As part of his high school graduation gift, I had made plans for an overnight road trip, camping with my grandson. The drive in his beloved vintage Volkswagen camper … Read more

Heart Songs

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Have you ever sung a new song to the Lord that you found written on your heart? On April 27, 2006, as I was driving, I began to ponder how the beautiful sky is like the Lord's art canvas, and how He blesses us daily with a new design. … Read more


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I can remember times when our family, either while camping or sitting on the long porch at the side of the house, would thrill at the first star each night. In our childlike innocence, we thought that God was turning on the stars one at a … Read more

Jesus Is The Only Way

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

While I was growing up, I attended Sunday school, went to youth group, studied music, and became an organist and choir director. During this time, I was influenced by New Age teaching, which I fervently studied and become involved in. … Read more

Best Lists Ever

Monday, August 2, 2021

We often travelled by skin boat (called a umiak) when visiting our family's tin mine in the White Mountains in Alaska, USA. The boats were made of walrus hide stretched over a framework. In my first year of life, wrapped completely in … Read more

A Kite, An Answered Prayer, And A Song

Sunday, August 1, 2021

It was a lovely day with a good breeze blowing, and our seven-year-old son decided to try to fly his new kite. After he got it aloft and felt the tug of the kite, it suddenly broke free and disappeared over the rooftops in our suburban … Read more


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