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Forgive As God Forgives

August 25, 2021

It should have been easy to back the Ford Escape out of the garage. After all, it's half the size of our former Ford Expedition. With that big vehicle, I had figured out when to start and stop turning in the eight-metre space between the …( read more )

Leaving Regret Behind

July 6, 2021

The words slipped out of my mouth, and I was instantly sorry, but I couldn't stuff them back in. Like the proverbial feathers, they had been scattered to the four winds, and couldn't be retrieved. Scanning back over a lifetime, I — we …( read more )

The Munchables

November 23, 2020

When I was nervous or trying to complete school assignments, I chewed pencils so fervently that my parents feared that I would develop lead poisoning (even though pencil lead is made of graphite). When my young granddaughter began chewing …( read more )

The Torrent

April 29, 2020

Each spring, the melting snows flow into the Madawaska River. From its source in Algonquin Provincial Park, it spills from lake to lake, punctuated by hydro dams along its course, until at last, it meets the Ottawa River. The lakes rise …( read more )

God Answers Prayers

January 4, 2019

God in His mercy and love has answered many of my prayers. Some situations required an urgent answer; others not so much. When my children were very small, I was at death's door. I was quickly slipping away. I cried to the Lord in …( read more )

A Broken Cup

April 14, 2018

A broken cup. That is what I saw when I asked the Lord to show me what had happened to my life. Sick with an illness, possibly a viral attack, which robbed me of my life and for which doctors had no answers and no treatment, I was able …( read more )

Caught By The Seat Of My Pants

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 )

Love Expands

February 18, 2017

I have always had a challenge understanding the idea of "infinity". Even as a child in science and math class, I had difficulty grasping infinite time or infinite space. So, too, with the love of God: I've heard many ministers and Sunday …( read more )

Which Way To Go?

December 31, 2016

As I look out of my living room window early in the morning, I see a seagull standing on the rooftop of the neighbour's two-story building. What is he looking for? Another sea gull? He looks so alone, taking stock of his domain. The ocean …( read more )

The Weight

July 30, 2016

This summer, my brother and I had two roofs to re-shingle. Before we could start, however, the old rolled roofing needed to be removed. Why? Because the weight of the old roofing plus the weight of the new roofing could prove to be too …( read more )

Gone Forever

April 14, 2015

I recently bought a tablet computer. I use it mainly for reading, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to hold a book. I also use it for my email, and I have a Bible app that I really like because I can check different versions …( read more )

Oh, How I Love Jesus!

November 18, 2013

Lately, I have had more trips to medical appointments, in turn resulting in more tests, even in a neighbouring city. To find the distant places can be a challenge, but if instructions are given to ease the way, it is easy and …( read more )


March 19, 2013

In Eugene Peterson's book of daily devotionals, Praying With the Psalms, more than thirty of the 365 readings are about praise for God. Peterson's comments in the September 17th devotional were like a cold, wet washcloth to the face as I …( read more )

Advent Sunday

November 27, 2011

As season leads to season, one year after another, comes the season of Christmas, heralded by Advent, when we sing: Prepare the royal highway; The King of kings is near! Let ev'ry hill and valley A level road appear! Then … (read more)

Slow To Anger? – I'm Trying!

September 18, 2011

In the last year and a half, I have had a more difficult time dealing with my anger. They say — and I'm still trying to figure out who "they" are — that it's probably due to changes in my … (read more)

A Crown Of Loving-Kindness

January 29, 2011

The Lord's loving-kindness and tender mercy are so awesome. In the early days of my renewed Christian journey, so often after not being selected to serve the Lord in a certain church task, I'd discover that my Lord's loving-kindness had … (read more)

Pit Rescue

October 14, 2010

As I write this, the whole world is watching a miracle. The Chilean miners, who have been trapped underground for 69 days, are beginning to surface, and our whole planet is rejoicing. It's a remarkable feat and a wonderful testimony … (read more)

Rescued From Darkness

May 5, 2010

The apostle Paul wrote to people who believed in Jesus Christ at Colosse around the year 60 A.D. My experience brings me to agree with what Paul said almost 2000 years ago. Decades ago, I found myself in a spiritually … (read more)

Fear Not

March 4, 2010

We all know that cats devour birds. In our house, therefore, we have mouse traps, as well as a cat-deterrent noise device, placed strategically around the birds' flight cage. The birds' enclosure is also constructed of heavy metal meshing which … (read more)

A Prayer Of Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Recently, I joined a prayer ministry that has enriched my own personal communication with God. Based on Scripture promises, I am encouraged to depend on the Holy Spirit's leading, and have found a beautiful example of prayer based on God's … (read more)

Starting Over

May 24, 2008

I love being a Christian. I love the experience of being a sinner saved by Christ. Without Christ's grace and mercy, I don't know where I would be right now. Without God's compassion, I don't know where I would end … (read more)

For The Benefit Of Whom?

April 28, 2008

When we moved to our present home some 22 years ago, the trees and shrubs were ever so small. The line of cedars making a natural fence between us and our neighbours was thin. The cedars did not touch each … (read more)

Hearts Of Red And Pink

February 14, 2008

A recent conversation came around to how we celebrate Valentine's Day. I shared that we have two boys, and that to show our love to each other, we all take red and pink paper and cut it into heart shapes. … (read more)

All His Benefits

October 11, 2007

I have become a scrapbooking enthusiast. I am carefully recording the memories that my grandchildren and I have enjoyed when they visited in my home. I am carefully aiming to communicate my love to them in future years when they … (read more)

Experience The Full Flavour

March 24, 2007

When we are young, we can't seem to wait to grow up and be adults. On looking back, though, we see that life goes by so fast. As youths, we were not wise enough to recognize just how short life … (read more)

Our Story

October 6, 2006

The loud pop startled me. I thought a stone had bounced off my windshield. But no. Instead, my rear window had splintered into a million pieces. Thankfully, none of the bits had fallen out of place and hurt someone. The … (read more)

Rejecting God's Help

September 14, 2006

One of the saddest things that I have seen in more than twenty years of ministry is a person who refuses God's help and rejects His healing. I can remember being called to help one young lad, decades ago, who … (read more)

Experience Life To The Fullest

May 24, 2006

When we were young, we couldn't wait to grow up and be adults. On looking back, we now see that life goes by so fast. At the time, though, we were not wise enough to recognize just how short life … (read more)

Leftover Sin?

June 9, 2005

There are a few advantages to not having a dishwasher. I get plenty of time to think as I slow down to face the sink and the growing mound of dishes it holds. I get a feeling of accomplishment as … (read more)

The Freedom Of Forgiveness

November 16, 2004

Recently, it was necessary to dispose of my sister's personal belongings, and I was amazed at all the items which she had collected and saved during her lifetime. I came across two little exercise books, upon which she had written … (read more)

Do You Feel Like A Snail Today?

July 5, 2004

Affixed to my refrigerator there is a quotation from the late C. H. Spurgeon: "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." I can picture a poor little snail slithering its way over stones, which in the same proportion to us … (read more)

When It Hurts

February 11, 2004

I'd like to introduce you to one of the girls who used to ride with me on my school bus. Whenever she would get the tiniest of scratches (or hurts), she would immediately cry out for a band-aid. On all … (read more)

How Is Your Lust Quotient?

September 25, 2002

We are constantly bombarded with images that are contrived to tempt us to think the unthinkable, and they are all around us day and night. It is inescapable. Do not be overcome; it is a part of being a physical … (read more)

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