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Resolutions

January 1, 2022

It is now 2022 — a new year. Frequently, people make New Year's resolutions — although more are probably broken than kept! Resolutions require a decision to do — or not to do — something, and then action to make that resolution …( read more )

Shining Light

December 20, 2021

From the time that I was a young boy, I have always enjoyed putting the decorations on a Christmas tree. Usually varied in shape and size, they always included glass balls. These glass balls that allow the lights to shine through them, in …( read more )

Light Seen And Unseen

September 24, 2021

Are you ever amazed or surprised at what light reveals to your human eye? There is a small glass prism that sits on my kitchen windowsill. Sometimes, when the afternoon sunlight hits the prism just right, the bending of the light …( read more )

Mercy Me

September 5, 2021

When I celebrate communion at the church, one of the main areas on which I focus comes when the celebrant says: "O Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us." It is one of the most meaningful points in the …( read more )

Heat Wave!

July 22, 2021

What a stunning reversal in normal summer weather patterns took place in late June, 2021! Rather than shivering and trying to keep dry on a typical camping trip, everyone in the USA Pacific Northwest was desperately trying to cope with the …( read more )

A Pure Heart

July 18, 2021

Having a momentary lapse of thought, I poured oil into the pot where I was boiling an artichoke because I had mistaken it for the nearby pot of pasta. I shuddered at my mistake while it finished cooking. When I poured off the water, I …( read more )

Where A Yes Can Take You

March 20, 2021

A news service interviewed me after I returned from Africa, asking about life in ministry, to which I answered, "I've never been bored. I've found that when I say 'Yes' to things, doors open. The more I say 'Yes', the more doors open. …( read more )

The Fact Of Christmas

December 20, 2020

During His time on earth, the use and facts of Scripture were the basis of Jesus' ministry. Whatever He did or said lined up with the Word of God. It did not matter what situation He found Himself to be in, where it was, before thousands …( read more )

Our Lamplighter

December 19, 2020

Beginning in the 1500s, lamps were placed on city sidewalks and intersections so that evening shoppers and workers could safely see where they were going. People were accustomed to seeing the lamplighter near dusk, walking from lamppost to …( read more )

Christmas Not Alike

December 10, 2020

It's been over three decades of Christmases for me in Nigeria, and by God's grace, I have had memorable experiences in all of those years, especially those of my childhood. Christmas season in Nigeria can at times be crazy and full of …( read more )

My Shadow

November 25, 2020

The other day, I was walking from south to north on the rooftop terrace of the residence where I live. In front of me, I saw a very clear shadow. Every step I took forward, my shadow moved with me. As I turned and walked east, the shadow …( read more )

Who Are "Corona People", Anyway?

November 12, 2020

My husband Solomon is Nigerian and I am British. Although we have been living in Germany long enough to become acclimatized to the German culture and language, we still enjoy connecting with our cultural and linguistic roots when the …( read more )

Pleasure Or Duty?

November 11, 2020

"During those horrific wartime days, did you view your role as pleasure or duty?" That question never entered my aunt's mind during World War II while she was hiding Jews on the fifth-floor tuberculosis ward of the Dutch hospital that she …( read more )

Overcoming Evil With Love

October 6, 2020

The other day, I was walking and typing out a text when I looked up to see an angry-looking man. He reprimanded me, "This is a sidewalk. You need to be looking where you are going." I laughed, replying, "I am sorry. Usually it is me …( read more )

Lit

September 15, 2020

Have you ever looked back at something from childhood and wondered, What in tarnation was I thinking? As children, we had a blast trying to catch enough fireflies to make a night light for our bedrooms using a canning jar. Sometimes, …( read more )

City On A Hill

July 28, 2020

I recently saw a video online called The Atheist Delusion , featuring interviews by Ray Comfort. Most of those interviewed were young people who claimed to be atheists; in their teen years, they failed to see believable evidence for the …( read more )

Saying "I Do" And Other Things

June 23, 2020

When two people say "I do" in church, something miraculous happens. They spiritually merge into one flesh. Way back when we were married, we had no clue what that simple declaration would do inside our souls and throughout our lives. On …( read more )

Light-Bearing In Our Time

June 15, 2020

I am sitting here by my big window, watching dawn bear its daily message. Today, it rises pinkly, turning to crimson with streaks of purples and blues in the morning sky. Every sunrise is unique in God's hands, designed as a useful …( read more )

The Face Of Jesus

May 12, 2020

Sisters Tatyana, Anna, and their mother Anna are Ukrainian immigrants who, along with their families, have lived in my neighbourhood for the past 20 years. These families attend a local American church, and the ladies say that their …( read more )

Who Is My Neighbour?

April 19, 2020

As the tour bus wound through the Galilean countryside into the Golan Heights, our guide pointed out the bright yellow signs posted on wire fences along the road: Danger! Mines! — in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Mines are still buried …( read more )

Surprised

February 27, 2020

To every action there is a reaction. In turn, these actions and reactions create expectations. When someone behaves unexpectedly, we are surprised. When we do something that we didn't plan or expect, we are surprised. The most important …( read more )

Blurred Vision

January 25, 2020

Zoë usually walks to her nearby school. In the gloomy month of December, she went off in too much hurriedness, and in the process, she forgot her watch. A few minutes after she left, I noticed it on the bathroom radiator. So, being a …( read more )

Light Therapy

January 13, 2020

It's that SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) time of the year again! I don't like the dark, and I'm longing for the days when they get longer again. I've been using my light therapy lamp since the beginning of November. It's become part of …( read more )

The Candle

December 28, 2019

The time had come for the passing of the light at our Christmas Candle Lighting Carol Service. As the light passed from person to person, it finally reached my row. The gentleman beside me held his candle so that the flame caught my …( read more )

Making Room For Jesus

December 4, 2019

In former years, when my young family went visiting, I sometimes had to find a place for our baby. I'd use whatever worked: laundry basket, dresser drawer, cardboard box — wherever my infant would be safe, comfortable, and nearby. I …( read more )

The Abscess

November 21, 2019

My mare, Mama, was walking very stiffly. As she is very old, with the recent drop in temperature, I simply deduced that age was catching up with her. When the problem persisted, however, I asked our farrier, Dani, to check her out. As …( read more )

The Salt Of The Earth

September 10, 2019

I was reading a book about camel caravans in the desert and the kinds of goods that they transported from one place to another. It reminded me of the time when I lived in the desert in the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in 1965-1966. At that …( read more )

The Greatest Injustice

April 16, 2019

I once thought that if an injustice were made public, it would immediately be condemned and fixed. Along with a group of older women, I regularly helped to use songs and spoofs to publicize wrongdoings in government and society. One time, …( read more )

Through Your Eyes

December 29, 2018

Lord, help me to see others as diamonds in the rough With today's society, that can be tough. Like the ocean tide that goes in and out Take out what's not You and leave what You're all about. Before the world can change I have to do my …( read more )

Unforgiveness

November 9, 2018

Forgiving each other is not always easy. In the movie, The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II, a sincere believer, discovers that her uncle, the exiled Edward VIII, had plotted with Hitler in an attempt to betray England, and she finds that she …( read more )

Blessings Come To Those Who Notice

October 12, 2018

At the age of 17, I began working my way through Bible school, cleaning toilets all over campus at 5 a.m. I was shy and seldom off campus, except to run children's programs in a nearby church. One day, I wrote a short note to a co-worker …( read more )

The Table

The invitation read: Because you have been falsely accused, ridiculed, mocked, and rejected, a table has been prepared for you in the presence of your enemies. Please accept our invitation. It went on to spell out the specifics: date, …( read more )

Hallelujah! For The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth

March 20, 2018

I awoke on Saturday night close to 12:00 a.m. with sharp pain in a tooth. After forcing aspirin chips into a tiny cavity that I had previously not known existed, I slept until 6:00 a.m. when pain awoke me. More aspirin chips got me active …( read more )

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