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Vital Connections

Thursday, November 25, 2021

When my brother was young, he would be the one to check the family before we went away on a holiday. "Did you unplug the iron?" he would say to our mother. "Is the stove off?" We could go once he was satisfied that nothing was left … Read more

Knit Together In Love

Monday, September 28, 2020

Have you ever witnessed a large flock of Canada Geese flying overhead? It takes one's breath away. Their perfectly synchronized flight pattern leaves even non-believers asking themselves, "What kind of higher power could orchestrate such a … Read more

Staying Close To God

Thursday, February 20, 2020

I have a habit of listening to, and inviting myself into, other people's conversations. So the other day, as I was making a purchase, I was intrigued by the clerk's comment: "I'm looking for shirt stays." "Shirt stays?" I inquired as I … Read more

The Speeding Ticket

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The reflection of blue lights flashed in my rear-view mirror. Embarrassed, I pulled over. "Ma'am, can you explain why you were speeding?" "Officer, I wasn't paying attention." When I got home, I looked up the potential consequences: a … Read more

The Illumination

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The other day, I was sitting reading, when the sun burst forth, streaming through my window. The window held a recent stained glass piece that I had hung to allow it to dry fully. As the sunbeams hit the already beautiful glass, every … Read more

Deeply Rooted

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A couple of years ago, we added a rockery to our church campus through a gracious donation from some church members. It was built on the side of a slope which had been perpetually covered in moss and weeds. The whole area, right next to … Read more

Pruning

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Springtime is usually the time when I replant my indoor plants into fresh new potting soil. As I was transplanting the plants into bigger pots, I noticed that one plant had grown so much that it almost touched the ceiling. It was long and … Read more

The Vine

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Last fall, a friend gave me a flourishing dipladenia plant, a beautiful flowering vine. She was reluctant to abandon it outside, but she had no space indoors. My living room already houses several plants, but how could I refuse those … Read more

From The Lips Of Children — And Adults

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

While I was eating lunch with my sister-in-law and her little lad about three-and-a-half years of age, my sister-in-law's phone rang, and she left the table to answer. Just then, the little lad finished his bowl of spaghetti and cheese, … Read more

Have A Healthy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 10, 2016

Have you noticed how often the apostle Paul opens his letters with expressions of thanksgiving for people, specifically the believers? – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. *(1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV … Read more

The Eighth Day

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Preaching from the book of Leviticus, my pastor recently discussed the significance of the eighth day in light of biblical teaching. His message inspired me to explore this idea. Interestingly, the eighth day may be likened to a musical … Read more

Friends And Brothers

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My brother is five years my elder. Later in life, five years doesn't seem like much of an age difference, but when one is young, it's quite a difference. When I was young and going through the changes and growing that take place in a young … Read more

Labelled

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Whatever I once was, in Christ I am no longer. One by one, the youth of our church paraded before a troubled teenager and hung unwelcome signs around her neck as the congregation listened to the contemporary Christian song, *Beauty from … Read more

Putting On The Grace Face

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Supposedly, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. While the saying has been around for quite some time, the numbers used to prove the conclusion vary with each story. In spite of the discrepancies, the basic premise is … Read more

The Everyday Miracle

Friday, September 12, 2014

I have suffered on and off from depression since I was about ten years of age. My depression is caused from a hereditary dietary problem; the two things go hand in hand. I can be fine for days or weeks or months and then the darkness … Read more

A Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving thanks doesn't rate highly in the socially-networked world where everyone is texting — very often to the person sitting next to them. Too many of us are so busy being "connected" that we have become disengaged from the world … Read more

True Freedom

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Have you ever wondered what true freedom really is? The dictionary defines it as the power to do what we want to do and to go where we want to go without being controlled; not being a slave or prisoner; not having or being affected by … Read more

The Flash Of Light

Friday, May 25, 2012

I was lying on my bed, listening for the familiar sounds that come before someone falls asleep. I could hear my parents talking, and I was wishing that they would go to sleep already. My room, located off the kitchen … Read more

Roots

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

When spring arrives in upstate New York and the blanket of snow finally recedes, it reveals a landscape of bare trees and matted vegetation. The harsh effects of a punishing winter are evident. But as the weather warms and the … Read more

Jesus, Our Earthly And Heavenly Treasure

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In 1980, our estranged family reunited after we became reconciled to Lord Jesus. Such mercy and grace! Praise His ever-saving name! I'd been lovingly warned, but inside and outside, the old farmhouse appeared exceedingly beyond its hundred-year age — every … Read more

Principalities (2)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

During a past frightening experience, a young, panic-stricken woman unexpectedly walked into the home where our weekly Bible study group was in progress. She was hyperventilating and her hands were shaking. Suddenly, we found ourselves in the middle of a … Read more

Forgiven?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Have you ever done something in your life that you regret now, and you wish that it had never happened and that you could start all over again? I know I have, and not only once, but a few times. … Read more

The Agony Of Deceit

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A number of years ago, my wife and I were attending a function in Maine, USA, just over the border from where we live. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The fellowship with friends was wonderful. At one o'clock, they … Read more

One Hundred Percent

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sometimes, life's most valuable lessons begin with failure. Recently, I embarked on one of these lessons by allowing thoughtless words to fly unchecked. Too late to retrieve them, I found myself in an acute state of unrest and basic dysfunction. … Read more

Jesus Our Covenant

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Years ago, in the early days of my walk with Jesus, I attended my first retreat weekend with a group of women. The main theme was about each believer's choice to have, or not to have, a closer relationship with … Read more

Look More Closely

Monday, August 24, 2009

Having a father who was a gardener and loved to be outside planting and working the soil has left a deep impression on my life. Recently, as I was cutting the lawn, a co-worker passed by and stopped to chat. … Read more

Tending The Grass

Monday, July 21, 2008

In the spring, our neighbourhood was busy with people working on their lawns after a long winter. People were out raking, seeding, replacing sections with rolls of sod, and cutting their grass. In the early spring, we did not have … Read more

Wisdom And Knowledge

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The time came for me to buy a new computer, and I had some decisions to make. Should I continue with a Windows PC, knowing that I would have to obtain some new software, or should I choose something totally … Read more

Energy From The Word

Friday, May 25, 2007

Many of my days begin with an early morning trip to the YMCA for water aerobics. I'm not interested in breakfast at this early hour, but I've found that if I'm to discipline my body in exercise for a full … Read more

Grow Where You're Planted

Friday, October 13, 2006

As I did not inherit a green thumb from my parents or have any particular interest in gardening, it did not occur to me that there was a "growing season" for flowers and plants. We were living in Goose Bay, … Read more

Roots Run Deep

Sunday, June 11, 2006

We travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, once a week via a major highway, and along the way, there is a garden centre. From early spring until fall, trees are lined up, row after row. I have watched these trees in … Read more

Comparisons

Friday, April 21, 2006

As a child, I was often compared to my siblings. Of course, I never measured up to the rest. It hurt. It caused me to withdraw, to condemn myself, to feel insecure, to feel worthless. I carried that with me … Read more

A Divided Heart

Monday, February 14, 2005

Some years ago, I became a Canadian citizen. I love Canada. I love the wide expanse of this wonderful country with its breath-taking Rocky Mountains, and the constant motion of the oceans which line our land on the east and … Read more

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