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
Would You, If You Knew?
Rarely is there a newscast that doesn't carry a story of people being saved from burning homes, terrific car crashes, acts of violence, or other incidents which would have resulted in a different outcome had it not been for the valiant … Read more
Was That You, Lord?
Homelessness and people on the streets asking for money, food, and/or work are not new, but they are increasing in most communities, and perhaps nowhere more than on the Lower Mainland or on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, … Read more
Christmas Is A Birthday
We celebrate our birthdays in many ways: we send cards, decorate our homes, give presents, and have parties. Christmas is a birthday — Christ's birthday — and by far, celebrated in the most varied ways and by the most diverse groups of … Read more
One Thing To Be Thankful For
Throughout our married years, as times and people came and went, our Thanksgivings consisted of hosting parents, relatives, friends, university students, and then, our adult children and little grandkids. However, as time moved on, … Read more
Nudges From Above
A Presbyterian church is located midway between our community of Nanaimo, in central Vancouver Island, and the community of Qualicum Beach, a 45-minute drive north of us. Behind the church, a cross is carefully outlined in a sacred plot … Read more
Lest We Forget
I have a black silicone bracelet on my wrist that I put around my watch to protect the crystal. It tends to keep moving off, so I keep putting it back on. This is not the primary reason that I wear it, but perhaps, the constant on and … Read more
Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye
Often's the time when attending a celebration of life for the spouse or relative of a friend that the title of today's devotional has come to mind. It is also the title of a book about President John Fitzgerald Kennedy from the … Read more
Journey To Jerusalem – Not What You Think!
This devotional has been running around my mind and onto several pieces of paper several times for months, and in that time, horrendous wars have erupted in the world with unspeakable atrocities committed. So the irony and seriousness of … Read more
Do They Know It's Christmas?
In 1984, Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote a song titled Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise money for the people of Ethiopia who were in dire need due to the famine which lasted from 1983 to 1985. Many musicians gathered together … Read more
Cruising From Comedy To Worship
The cruise director on a recent cruise doubled, or should I say tripled, as a comedian at night and conducted the non-denominational service on Sunday. It was a smaller cruise line; the number of staff and passengers totalled almost … Read more
If I Take The Wings Of The Morning
Years ago, this Scripture was quoted to me by a dear friend and family doctor as being the epitaph on a simple stone marking the grave of the famous American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist, Charles Lindbergh, on … Read more
A Friend On The Wings Of An Eagle
My pierced ears are graced with a pair of carved, silver eagles' head earrings, a gift from a friend whose life ended quickly and unexpectedly last year. When I became a hospice volunteer over eighteen years ago, Alice had already … Read more
Whom Do You Follow?
One day, a month or so ago, upon coming to a relatively short, but busy corner that I've crossed many a time, I was so engrossed in my thoughts (no, not texting or on my cell phone — just my … Read more
The Million Dollar Club
Last year, a friend told me someone had welcomed her to The Million Dollar Club. My obviously naive knowledge of that phrase was limited. I thought that it had to do with real estate agents, and knowing that she was … Read more
A Word To The Whys
English was always my favourite subject, though sometimes a teacher or two could be a bit challenging. (Admittedly, we students were probably challenging at times!) Such was one teacher we had in Grade 8. When asked a question, he often … Read more
We Are Family
In February 1997, a month after my father's passing, my brothers and I, living in different parts of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, each received a letter from a third cousin once removed (as my mother would say) of my … Read more
Could We Do It?
By now, most of the North American continent, if not the world, knows of the finding and rescue of Rita Chretien of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. This extraordinary woman survived for 49 days from March 19th to May 6th, stuck … Read more
Oh, Now I Get It!
What a thrill it is to accompany our children those first years of school, to wait outside with them until the bell rings, and, often, to help out in the classroom. The thrill is again granted with our grandchildren, and … Read more
The Smiling Shark
This devotional offers twofold evidence for trusting in God. Firstly, while lunching with a dear friend one day, we exchanged our experiences in putting our faith in God helping us locate lost articles. When we "give it to God", admitting … Read more
Sometimes It Is The Destination
With increasing technology allowing us instantaneous information and the ability to be connected at all times, more and more, we are urged to live in the moment, in the Now. The message to us is that It is the journey, … Read more
It Changed My Life Forever
It is totally understandable that not everyone receives, understands, or accepts a message in exactly the same way. Some of us learn differently or respond differently to what we are taught or the way we are taught, or to what … Read more
It's that time of year again when we need either to change over to our snow tires or to purchase new ones. There is a saying which goes, The more things change, the more they stay the same. When I … Read more
This Little Light Of Mine
A lonely light illuminates the entrance of a dim hallway in a building that not so long ago thrived with throngs of people on many occasions. Peeling paint on the woodwork accompanies dandelions dotting an overgrown lawn, signifying neglect of … Read more
At What Point Are We Satisfied?
At the beginning of August here in British Columbia, Canada, we are setting record temperatures, while experiencing the longest straight stretch of a heat wave for only the third time since 1880. While in parts of our province, wildfires are … Read more
Taking The Robin's Lead
Most days, as I walk through the gully which has a series of stairs, trails, and bridges behind our home, invariably, a robin flies before me, stops, and waits until I almost reach the point where it has stopped, then … Read more
That's Not My Style
At the end of our holiday through Spain and Portugal last fall, we had returned our rental car and were waiting for the bus to our hotel at the airport in Madrid. An older gentleman with ruffled white hair, wearing … Read more
I was given a gift in a bowl, which, due to the conversation at the time of the giving of the gift, I thought to be a gift of homemade cookies. So, I lifted the lid just a touch, saw … Read more
The Legacy Of The Leaf
In years past, I've pretty well cleared up the leaves that are left on the ground after they have fallen and been blown around. Three years ago, I was away a great deal, getting in some good Nana time, as … Read more
As we approach the Christmas season, it isn't unusual for those who celebrate it with presents, to buy gifts and hide them. Often, as used to be my practice, gifts will be purchased throughout the year as they are either … Read more