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The Voice In The Stillness

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Bible seems to be written for the culture in which we live rather than one thousands of years ago. It is hard for me to imagine a non-industrial society being so noisy as to overwhelm the senses, but maybe it was. I do know that when … Read more

A Still, Small Voice

Thursday, May 11, 2023

One winter night, after spending the day moderating a meeting in a small church in northern Ontario, Canada, I headed back to my home in Oakville. Night had fallen, and a severe lake effect storm had blown up. Nevertheless, I had to get … Read more

Seeing Clearly

Thursday, February 6, 2020

None of us had ever experienced what we were about to. Eight couples from our church travelled to a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA, for a marriage retreat. My wife and I had stayed in several cabins over the years. Some we … Read more

Strength In Numbers

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Do you live in or near a city where you can enjoy the annual holiday tradition, Tuba Christmas? Tuba Christmas was conceived in 1974 by a tuba player as a tribute to his teacher and mentor. The very first Tuba Christmas was held at the … Read more

God Doesn't Talk To Me!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Many people may think that God could only manifest Himself directly in grand gestures like earthquakes or fire. There have been numerous pivotal times in my life when I have asked God for a sign. Several times, God has spoken directly to … Read more

Hearing God Through The Wind

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I hear God speaking to me most often when I am walking. Perhaps, that is because my feet automatically go one in front of another, almost like involuntary action, and my mind is freed to enjoy the display of God's creation. During these … Read more

A Gentle Whisper

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My mother was an excellent role model in my life while I was growing up. Despite many difficult challenges, through God's grace, she managed to remain strong and good-natured, exemplifying a genuine faith and passion for Jesus. It wasn't … Read more

The Whisper

Friday, July 8, 2016

I was so pleased with my flower baskets and how they were coming along. The vibrant colours brightened up the front and side of the house so nicely. Although I had somewhat begrudged the money that they had cost me, I was delighted with … Read more

The Song In The Silence

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Have you ever found yourself listening to something — maybe you've heard it many times before — and noticing something entirely new and unexpected? I had that experience on a recent Sunday. We were singing Hymn of Promise, written by … Read more

The Sound Of Silence

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This beautiful verse was written in calligraphy and appeared in a frame on the wall of an old Anglican church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. For several years, I played the organ for Sunday evening services at that church. It was a small … Read more

The Actions

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sometimes I feel like I'm auditioning for a comedy show as I stamp my feet to create vibrations, wave my arms like a windmill, and shout as loudly as I can. Yes, having three very elderly canines in the house which are all at one stage or … Read more

The New Language

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Midge, my fourteen-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund, went through a long period of depression and sorrow a few years ago after she lost her hearing. She could no longer hear my voice. She didn't know what I wanted. She was missing … Read more

The Still Small Voice

Friday, November 16, 2012

I was just about to turn off my computer when the phone rang. I looked at the clock. It was 11:00 p.m. It is truly amazing how many anxious thoughts ran through my mind. I could feel my stomach churning. Reluctantly, I answered the phone. … Read more

Falling Flat

Friday, February 8, 2008

I fell flat into an emotional abyss — a depression — for a day or so. I emerged by grace and through the intercession of others, for which I give thanks. This is a representation of the turmoil that went … Read more

The Still Small Voice

Friday, October 29, 2004

The other day, a vehicle drove down our street, full of people. None was talking with the others. Instead, each person was having a "private" conversation on his cell phone! What? For a solid thirty minutes? No cell phone ringing? … Read more

But I Found God

Sunday, March 7, 2004

Our three-year-old granddaughter was sent, by her mother, to get some of her storytime books to be read at "nap time". She dragged herself off, not very interested in nap time, and was gone an abnormally long time. When she … Read more

Less Is More

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Every year, it's the same at Christmas. I make resolutions to shop less, buy less, sign up for less, bake less, wrap less, and eat less. (Sigh!) I make resolutions to place Christ's birthday high on my priority list by … Read more

What Does God's Voice Sound Like?

Monday, September 29, 2003

My husband and I took a train trip a while ago, something we both very much enjoy, as trains played such an important part in our youth. My husband grew up in a railroad family. When his father came to … Read more

Looking In All The Wrong Places

Sunday, July 28, 2002

My childhood neighbourhood was situated across the street from a steel mill. Once I was old enough to realize I was poor, I wanted the things I didn't have. As an adult, I "got them", and lived among people who … Read more

In A Foreign Land With Faith

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Cancer! A word I never wanted to hear addressed to me in matter of fact tones as if I heard it every day. Disbelief shrouded me, screaming aloud "No it wouldn't be" … "it couldn't be" … "it shouldn't be" … Read more

God Calling

Friday, September 15, 2000

On the last weekend of June, I was in front of a ham radio set, listening to the babble of Morse code dots and dashes in my earphones. Each June, amateur radio operators in Canada and the United States stage … Read more

LISTEN Listen listen

Friday, October 15, 1999

When I was in Israel this year I stood on a mountaintop. That day I could see all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. There was a stillness, and something that is hard to describe. I thought of Elijah when … Read more

Antennas For Our Ears

Friday, July 23, 1999

Each Palm Sunday, at my church we do something a bit different. We're about a block from the lakefront in Toronto, so instead of sitting in our pews, most of the congregation marches down to the lakefront beach, singing and … Read more

Where Do You Find God?

Tuesday, September 29, 1998

Where do you find God, pastor? As a minister that is a question I am often asked. To me the answer is unlimited. As I sit and write this, we are receiving a warm gentle rain, a rain that has … Read more

Murphy Brown

Friday, July 24, 1998

In the season finale of the TV show "Murphy Brown", reporter Murphy, who has been battling breast cancer, undergoes yet another exploratory operation. While she is "under", she is "afforded" the "interview of a lifetime", an interview with God. I … Read more

The Power Of One

Saturday, July 4, 1998

How often, we like Elijah, try to cop out of our responsibilities, asking, "What can one person do?" Two hundred and twenty-two years ago, the Congress of the United States of America was gathered to debate the Declaration of Independence. … Read more

Thoughts On Communion

Saturday, June 6, 1998

Elijah had fled from Jezebel for his life, to Mount Sinai, and had cried to the Lord for help. A God who could save him from such a powerful despot, he would associate with fearsome phenomena such as fire or … Read more

Solitude And Silence

Monday, April 7, 1997

There are times in Kedge (Nova Scotia's National Park on the mainland) during our annual wilderness journey that I simply go off by myself to see a sunset and the only sound is that of a loon or the ripple … Read more

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