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Keeping Short Accounts

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

I've just returned from the gas station, where I filled up the gas tank in my car for just under $20. Gas prices in the USA have been rising almost daily to the point where they're more than double what they were two years ago, so you may … Read more

Like A Child

Saturday, July 9, 2022

As I pondered these interactions of Jesus with children, I wondered how I could best describe us as children. Firstly, children are dependent. From the time of conception and for years thereafter, a child depends on its mother or … Read more

Where Are You?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

It seems to me that a lot of time and effort goes into entertaining our children. During school breaks and vacations, we see reports on television about what to do and where to go: theme parks, craft fairs, hikes, and activities at nature … Read more

Teach Your Children

Friday, September 3, 2021

My father loved the Lord. Everyone who knew him or met him, knew it. Everywhere he went, he spoke about how Jesus loves us and came to save us. He also loved to sing. He sang everywhere — choruses, hymns, and little songs that he made … Read more

A Church Of Two

Monday, May 31, 2021

The day dawned sunny and bright. Though it was still chilly, it was a perfect Saturday morning to walk the three-quarters of a mile to my favourite coffee shop. Though seating is still limited because of COVID-19 restrictions, morning is … Read more

A Child In Malice

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Years back, when I was much younger in the faith, I had a little dispute with one of my friends on a certain day. After our argument, we didn't talk to each other for days. But my friend, who was older and more mature, taught me a lesson … Read more

When I Was Lost

Sunday, October 27, 2019

I've always been geographically dyslexic. My family used my inability as a reverse GPS. They'd ask me which way to go, and the opposite direction was always right. But I never thought that I could become spiritually dyslexic. It started … Read more

Irma Brought A Smile

Friday, June 14, 2019

I live in a home that is occupied largely by seniors. There are frequent changes, with people departing and others moving in. Change, as expected, brings stress. The other day, an older lady (with her family) was inspecting a unit on my … Read more

I Prayed For You

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Every day, in numerous instances, be it personally, locally, or globally, there is an overwhelming need for prayer. An uncountable number of people pray for loved ones, for friends, for friends of friends, and for those not even known to … Read more

When God Is Fair

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"It's not fair! She has more than me!" This child's howling cry of injustice is familiar to us. Of course, we know it applies only to ice cream and cake, never to peas and carrots. Such a complaint may indeed be uttered by a sweet, … Read more

Angels All Around Us

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered how you escaped a car accident with only a scratch, whereas it could have been so much worse? I have, on many occasions. There were times, while driving my car, when I changed the radio station or inserted a music … Read more

Our Welcome Mat

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Last week, I had the carpet cleaners in to clean the rugs in my apartment. They were in a mess from dirt tracked in during the winter. Everything in the living and dining areas was well cleaned, but unfortunately, the cleaners left a big … Read more

Act Like A Child

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

They gathered around their teacher with wide-open eyes, eager to hear what she'd say. Our annual Vacation Bible School had arrived. Things would be different this year, since our classroom building was under renovation and we were short … Read more

High Technology

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I always seem to have had a far-flung circle of family, friends, and colleagues. I grew up in Ontario and still have two sisters nearby, but two siblings and both my parents moved to the west coast many years ago. My parents emigrated … Read more

How Many Times?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I grew up in a large family with three brothers and two sisters. Usually, we all got along very well, but sometimes, a fight would break out, and we would end up pitching fits against each other. My poor mother had to come in and stop the … Read more

The Blessing In The Struggle

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long video workshop on a sensitive topic that can be divisive and difficult for some people to talk about. So the opportunity to discuss it with others in a safe environment … Read more

When We Don't Like The Paint Scheme

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Having been involved in a church committee debate over the colour of paint, I was struck (and maybe stung) by Nan St. Louis' recent devotional, " Where are you? " which mentioned the negative effect on others of Christians who disagree … Read more

Over And Over And Over…

Sunday, August 9, 2015

As I was reading the fourth and last chapter of the book of Jonah, I started thinking about how much like Jonah we all tend to be. Jonah was upset at the fact that the people of Nineveh did not get punished for their sins the way that he … Read more

Fear Not, For The Lord Is With You

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When I was small, my parents raised us to keep our mouths closed and our ears open. Considering the fact that I was a chatterbox, I never really grasped this; in fact, I never understood it. I was also raised not to ask for help. I guess … Read more

Forgiver And Forgiven

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Have you met Mr. and Mrs. Grudge? Let me introduce them to you. These people go through life, forgiving with great reluctance and carrying around feelings of ill will over various grievances. The grievances could be real or imagined. On … Read more

Another Chance

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The seventh-grade boy locked eyes with the girl sitting opposite him in my middle school counselling office. Though he was her friend, he had told her a blatant lie the day before. She had learned the truth just as the last bell sounded, … Read more

Fear Factor

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When I was very young, we lived in a small cabin out on the family homestead some miles beyond the small village of Forest Grove here in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. There was no electricity or such utilities back then. … Read more

To Forgive Is Divine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A news item one night was about parents who lost a child through another teen's weakness and grave error in judgment. The parents, being interviewed a couple of days after their daughter's death, made a public statement that they not only … Read more

One Of These Little Ones

Sunday, August 3, 2014

With what glory and holy innocence Father blesses each one of His children! That includes you and me. Recently, I heard the pure, pealing bells of loving sanctification fill a busy barbershop, revealing and heralding our Lord's loving, … Read more

The Habit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Midge, my 14-year-old dachshund, is stone deaf. She no longer hears anything whatsoever, and even though she has been this way for a number of years, I still have the habit of talking to her just like I did when she could hear me. I just … Read more

On Beehives And God's Little Ones

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Honeybees live in well-organized family groups where the survival of every bee, from the moment the queen bee lays her egg, depends on the combined effort of the entire colony. Worker bees clean and polish the cells, feed the brood, care … Read more

An Angel Of Mercy

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Bible is rich with stories featuring angels. They are depicted as celestial ministering spirits. For example in the Old Testament we can read: In a discourse about little children Jesus is quoted as saying: Hamza Hassan from Saudi … Read more

Watch Your Walk

Monday, March 18, 2013

It was very hot outside, and I had just come in from doing yard duty. I was so thirsty that I didn't bother waiting to get a glass of water from the staff room. I simply bent over and drank a long cooling drink from the fountain on the … Read more

Where Two Or Three

Monday, February 18, 2013

A simple gift from a seven-year-old boy prompted this devotional. When I visited his home, Jacob presented me with a braid. He had made it by untwisting blue nylon rope, then reworking the strands. Singed knots fused the fibres at the … Read more

Prayer And Providence

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As I stood up from my chair to take my first step at the end of our church's pre-service adult Bible study, I experienced a very brief feeling of vacancy in the back of my left leg. Then I flew across the room and landed on my left hip. … Read more

Trusting In God

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My daughter gave me a beautiful picture of a mother holding her baby as she looked out the window. Under the picture it said, "Mother, I will love you forever." It reminded me of how newborn babies are so tiny … Read more

Second Chances

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

As a child, I got myself into all kinds of mischief, and each time my parents disciplined me, they also gave me a second chance to learn from my mistakes. I do not think that they kept a record of … Read more

Fledglings

Sunday, September 4, 2011

We had chickadees nesting at the side of our home, making use of a nesting box in a small stand of evergreens, protected from attack and the elements. It was delightful to hear and watch their comings and goings during … Read more

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