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Running Ahead

Friday, November 26, 2021

I wonder, if we knew where Jesus was going to be one day, somewhere in our community, would we leave everything we were doing and run ahead to that place to greet Him? Would we look forward to seeing Him in person to listen to His … Read more

The Partner

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Recently, I had to take my year-old collie, Kayley, to Whitehorse, Yukon, for her rabies and booster vaccines. Kayley gets very anxious travelling in the truck, and the two-hour trip each way is especially difficult for her. In light of … Read more

Spiritual Depression

Friday, February 9, 2018

I've suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, it gets so bad that I have to take medicine; at other times, I manage to get through on my own willpower and strength. It's not something that we who suffer from it … Read more

Don't Be Afraid

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

There's a lot of fear and uncertainty in our world today. You can hardly pick up a newspaper or watch television news without hearing about terrorist bombs, gas attacks, and civilian deaths all over the globe. Those of us who were born in … Read more

The Letter P

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Recently, I met a person on the main street who offered to sell me a treasure map. He said, "I have marked the letter X where this treasure is located in the St. Lawrence River. You will be a very rich man if you buy this treasure map from … Read more

How Best To Hear God

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The world-wide, ever-increasing pace of life in general — encouraged by the onset of technical advances which allow for immediate access and interaction with others through a simple phone device — is drastically changing our lives. … Read more

The Look Of Love

Thursday, January 7, 2016

When I began in ministry many years ago, I quickly realized that I didn't have enough love for all the people in my congregations. I cried out to God for His love. It was then that I experienced an overwhelming flood of loving care for the … Read more

It's Better Together

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I was once asked to take a leadership position in the housing co-operative where I live. I was worried that it would be too much for me. A friend offered to share the job. Having someone to talk things over with and to share the work took … Read more

Hey, Jude!

Friday, July 24, 2015

I haven't been making much progress with my weight loss lately, so I prayed (again!) for God's help. He reminded me (again!) to consider the passage where unbelief hindered Christ's ability to do miracles in his home town of Nazareth. … Read more

Too Busy

Friday, March 21, 2014

I took the month of December off from my Bible study commitments at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre. The only thing that I did was to lead a worship service there on Christmas morning. My wife, as she has always done for ten years now, … Read more

The Offering

Monday, October 14, 2013

I had often read and been told that as we get older, we need less sleep. I did not find this to be true. What I did discover is that though I was sleeping less, I was no less tired. And when I am tired, I struggle with feeling cross, … Read more

A Quiet Place

Monday, September 3, 2012

Have you noticed how noisy the world around us seems to be these days? Most of us have the television or a radio on almost all the time. We see people with cellphones, ipods, walkman radios. We seem to crave … Read more

Walking Where Jesus Walked

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This morning, I awoke with a song ringing through my head, and it is still ringing in my ears. It is speaking to me with force, as in a few weeks, my friend and I will actually be walking where … Read more

Look Up!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When we tell someone to look up, we are encouraging them to have a positive attitude, boosting their morale, and reminding them not to give up when the going gets rough. We look up to read the road signs to … Read more

Relational Faith

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What kind of faith do you have? Is it personal, kept to yourself as private, or is it relational, shared with others? This is a very good question, for therein lies a great burden on my heart. As we keep … Read more

Our Garden Hearts

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In Australia, autumn has ended, though there are still heaps of colourful, crinkly, dry leaves for me to crunch and kick around in my garden. Due to loving family help, I joy that roses are pruned, spring-flowering bulbs are planted, … Read more

Dusty Shoes

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I've only once shaken the dust off my feet where I felt I wasn't welcome. It took place many years ago while I was still a student minister in Glasgow, Scotland. My brother-in-law, Billy, went to buy some record albums … Read more

Ephphatha – Be Opened

Saturday, June 5, 2010

When I was old enough to use the stove unattended, I went wild with "experimental" dishes. Today, they'd seem pretty tame, but my meat-and-potatoes Dad saw every one of them as disastrous. He refused to eat things like pork and … Read more

How To Amaze Christ

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The little girl in me could hardly believe it. In fact, she really didn't, until she landed on the soil, sniffed the air, heard the voices, and saw the sites of the Holy Land. I knew that Israel existed. I … Read more


Friday, April 25, 2008

I had calculated sufficient time to drive the distance to my friend's house for a party. What I hadn't considered was roadblocks. I spent considerable time manoeuvring around two of them. The party was almost over when I arrived. This … Read more

Some Quiet Place

Friday, November 24, 2006

On the way home from an evening at the Air Canada Centre in nearby Toronto, where I had attended a revival meeting, I found myself sitting rather quietly on a loaded bus. You might wonder why or even how a … Read more

Faulty Belief Systems

Friday, October 28, 2005

When a world-famous cookbook author's name came up in conversation, I mentioned how much I used and enjoyed her recipes. "Oh, posh," said one lady sarcastically. "She only lives over on the third line." The implication was clear. To that … Read more

The Missing Comma

Thursday, August 18, 2005

An article I was reading said, "Jet fighters take off land and are stored on deck." "How peculiar," I thought. "That doesn't make sense." Then I stopped to reconsider. My knowledge of such ships is limited, but I do know … Read more

The Key

Saturday, September 25, 2004

We were on our way back to the hotel room after a long day at the conference. Our roommate scurried down the hall, way ahead of the rest of us. "Hadn't we better catch up to her?" I asked. "What … Read more

Come And Rest Awhile

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

As a bit of an "over-achiever", I have a tendency to cram my schedule too full. All it takes for me to go into "overload" mode is for there to be a funeral during an already busy schedule. Then when … Read more

All Ate And Were Filled

Monday, May 3, 2004

I volunteer at a food bank, sponsored by local churches and by freewill donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community. It is satisfying and humbling to help these people who are temporarily in need. As I bag groceries, … Read more

Take A Hike

Wednesday, August 23, 2000

I like living in an area where there is a lot of open territory. I enjoy camping and hiking a great deal. I saw in the paper one weekend recently that the Arctic Survival Training School recommended items to have … Read more


Thursday, October 28, 1999

Several years ago, I was considered one of the Sandwich Generation. My husband and I both worked and volunteered; my parents, living in another community, were older and not in good health, requiring me to visit them frequently; our children … Read more

The Doors That Never Close

Friday, November 20, 1998

My husband is on the road a lot, and when he must make a long, quick trip, I try to arrange to go with him to assist in the driving. So it was this week. There is always a two … Read more

Letter To A Single

Friday, June 5, 1998

You, my sister, have been on my mind since our last conversation and I have been praying for you. Both of us are single at this time in our lives and both of us wish that this situation would change. … Read more

How Is Your Soul?

Sunday, February 1, 1998

Consider that passage from Mark's Gospel. They had busy days, even twenty centuries ago! Put that verse in a modern setting, and you get: "Jesus and His group was so busy they didn't even have time to grab a sandwich … Read more

A Touch Of Love

Monday, April 14, 1997

"To live is to taste and touch, to smell and see and listen to, the good things of the earth and rejoice in them." Frederick Beuchner Go back with me to the days of Thomas Moore. He lived in trying … Read more

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