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New Again

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Did you receive a special present this past Christmas? I did. First, I received a brand-new electric toothbrush from my son. My daughter had shared that I was complaining that the toothbrush I was using stopped after less than two … Read more

Shortcuts

Saturday, October 28, 2023

"One UI, optimizing apps" appeared on my phone screen as it turned on. Curious as to what it meant, I looked it up and discovered that "UI" is a shortcut that stands for "user interface" — visual or audio elements that humans use to … Read more

The Unseen Hand

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Our family had just moved into a new neighbourhood with single-family homes and fenced backyards. It was time to consider getting a dog! We saw an ad in the paper for a beagle, and I was reminded of the comic strip Peanuts. "Ooh!" I … Read more

The Swamp

Monday, July 24, 2023

For my granddaughter's fourth birthday, we went to Jurassic Forest, a theme park about 45 minutes from our new home. As we walked along the various paths searching out and discovering life-sized, animated replicas of numerous dinosaurs, I … Read more

God Is Powerful – God Is Gentle

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Since the rain has stopped, I am able to see Mt. Topo from my porch. I dried off a chair to sit and enjoy the beauty. Near the middle of Mt. Topo is a section of dense fog, and as I watch, some arms of the fog slowly break away in … Read more

Tuning In Or Tuning Out?

Thursday, March 30, 2023

I'm old enough to remember hearing popular radio program announcers say things like "Don't touch that dial" and "Stay tuned" and "Tune in again next time" that would keep the attention of the listeners during station breaks. I was … Read more

Serving With Confidence

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Throughout my time in the church, I spent most of my service in children's ministries. I cuddled the babies, sang to 3-year-olds, and taught Bible lessons in Sunday school and children's church. I remember teaching the words and movements … Read more

The Inspiration

Monday, January 30, 2023

Some time ago, a reader of the PresbyCan devotional responded this way to a devotional of mine that had appeared: "Thanks for continuing to put the world back together, one inspired thought at a time." As I read her words, God really … Read more

The Clouds Below

Monday, February 7, 2022

White, puffy clouds billowed like fluffy mounds of whipped cream at my feet. At my feet? Yes, I was looking down on the banks of clouds from my window seat in the airplane. Seeing fluffy white clouds below with brilliant blue sky above is … Read more

Are You Ready To Eat?

Monday, October 11, 2021

One fall day, just before Thanksgiving, my husband and I were driving by a large organic food market. It was lunch time, and we were getting hungry. "Look! People are sitting outside with plates of food. Maybe we could get something at … Read more

His Thoughts For Me

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hallelujah! Today is my birthday! First, I wish to thank God for His steadfast love towards me and my family in all these years. However, a few days back, when I sat down for a quick review of my journey thus far, one truth was impressed … Read more

Storms And Floods

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Each spring, the melting snow and ice upstream cause the Ottawa River to rise to a roaring torrent, crashing over the Chaudiere Falls near Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada, barrelling on its way to meet the St. Lawrence River, and eventually, … Read more

Trust God

Sunday, February 2, 2020

My dad has dementia. He started to wander and get violent in mid-November 2019. There were two trips to the emergency room in three days, admission to the hospital for twelve days, and then admission into a nursing home. During this … Read more

Decisions, Decisions

Monday, May 20, 2019

It was time to trade in our car for a newer model. We asked God to lead us to the right vehicle. An online search finally produced a 2014 sport utility vehicle (SUV) that looked promising. The dealer said that it was at a lot in a nearby … Read more

Sound Of Laughter

Monday, April 29, 2019

A policeman came to my door, asking, "Are you the wife of Richard DeShaw?" I said, "Dick! Never Richard!" Right then, an old Irish joke suddenly popped into my mind: An insensitive cop asks a woman, "Are you the Widow Brown?" … Read more

The Perfect Host

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

When my husband and I visited one of the Caribbean islands, our plane landed in the evening. Along with other arrivals, we were met and shuttled to the resort where we had reservations, paid in advance. After checking in and being shown … Read more

How's Your Hearing?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Many car owners just don't listen to their cars. If they did, they could prevent a lot of damage." This was said by an experienced mechanic. He's convinced that if owners paid more attention to their vehicle sounds, they'd be quicker to … Read more

Finding The Hope

Friday, 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

Coincidence — Or God's Works?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I try to attend worship on Sundays in two different churches: one at 9:30 a.m., where I sing in the choir, and another at 11:00 a.m. I had been asked to sing at the second service. During my daily devotions, I read about living water. … Read more

The Renovation

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This past winter, our family decided to renovate the kitchen in the cabin at our waterfront property on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. We had to rip out the old cupboards and wallboard, trash the old rusty range, roll up the … Read more

Trying To Stop Jesus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"He was trying to stop Jesus!" My mind was jolted by that remark in a recent sermon. It was not about a wicked person, but about a godly prophet: John the Baptist. Peter also tried to stop Jesus — twice! Obviously, well-meaning … Read more

Caught By The Seat Of My Pants

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It happened suddenly. In my den, I stepped away from my ironing board and lost my balance. Mid-air, I dreaded injuring my already-compromised hip. Almost at the floor, the seat of my pants caught on a plastic projection sticking out from … Read more

Living Water

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I have noticed that more and more people are carrying a water bottle with them at all times, when they are walking or jogging, driving the car, in church, and at sports events. We are often reminded that water is good for us, even when … Read more

All This Fussing

Friday, June 24, 2016

Recently, I wrote a devotional about how concerned I had been about a little black squirrel sitting alone all day on a bare branch in the drizzling rain. I couldn't get it out of my mind, and I kept wondering why its mate had deserted … Read more

Look At The Other Side

Monday, February 22, 2016

I have a number of hobbies which occupy my limited free time. One of them is doing needlepoint pictures. During the winter evenings, I will work on those, quite often while watching some television, or just in the quiet of the room. It is … Read more

Ladybugs Are Free

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

After an extremely cold winter, I was happy to set free into the wild several ladybugs that had taken up residence in my home. A friend suggested that I get rid of them, but instead, I kept them in a plastic storage box and gave them food … Read more

Running To And Fro

Monday, December 29, 2014

I spent a total of over eight months living in a camp in the desert of the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman. This included the Christmas season and the change of the year from 1965 to 1966. There were about forty of us living in a camp, and … Read more

A God Moment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A few Sundays ago, our minister asked us to think about (and share if we so chose) a God moment that we'd had at some point in our lives. I wasn't sure at first what she meant, but fortunately she went on to explain that for this purpose, … Read more

The Trail Is Alive

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This morning, The Trail is alive with sights and sounds to delight the senses. Goldenrod and purple asters line either side, intermingling with patches of Queen Anne's lace, swaying in the gentle breeze. Monarch butterflies circle and … Read more

Reconstruction

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I often take the bus to the other side of the city, and during the hour that it takes to get there and back, I notice some reconstruction taking place. On the roads and streets, there are excavators digging up water mains, machines … Read more

The Italian Market

Monday, September 1, 2014

When I was a young boy, my grandfather often took me to Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, popularly known as The Italian Market. Vendors would openly sell meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, and especially … Read more

Losing God's Son

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Several days ago, my wife and I watched a 2004 movie entitled, Mary Of Nazareth: With Jesus From Birth To Death. A particular scene caught my attention as being amusing as well as anecdotal. However, the implications of the story are … Read more

The Why

Saturday, June 21, 2014

We took in this middle-aged dog, which, for the purposes of this devotional, shall be called Mr. X, about four years ago, when nobody else wanted him. He was an incessant barker, a fervent car-chaser and a malicious cat-attacker, but … Read more

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