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Open Graves

November 23, 2018

Each year at this time, my husband and I go to my dad's grave and clean out the old summer foliage around the headstone. We dig up the soil a bit and insert the foot prongs of a green wreath with a few seasonal decorations for the winter. …( read more )

The End Is The Beginning

September 2, 2018

First Presbyterian Church in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, will never be accused of not taking the risk to continue its ministry in the face of financial ruin. They took the talents (money and assets) given to them and, on bended knee …( read more )

What Will Happen?

February 28, 2018

PART THREE – January 25, 2018 Previously, I wrote that for financial reasons, First Presbyterian Church in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, was closing and moving into an empty space downtown. We chose to make a daring and drastic change …( read more )

Can We Make This Change?

February 12, 2018

PART TWO – January 24, 2018 In Part One of our saga, First Presbyterian Church in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, realized that because of finances, we had to leave our church building and move. We were hoping to find a developer who …( read more )

For Such A Time As This

January 30, 2018

PART ONE – December 17, 2017 Last March, we faced a difficult annual meeting for our First Presbyterian Church in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The elders appointed me as their representative to give the bad news to the congregation: …( read more )

Plans Of Life

September 1, 2012

I love to read those little italicized additions to verses of my Bible. The Bible version that I most enjoy is Zondervan's Amplified Bible. As we are instructed to read and study the Word throughout our lives, many stories, commandments, … (read more)

He Did It

April 3, 2012

I don't want to go. I don't want to even think about going. I know it's going to hurt. I don't care about how great it will be for others, I just know that I will suffer. Maybe for a … (read more)

Going Home

November 6, 2011

I have recently watched a few television shows about dying or death and what happens afterwards, ranging from the secular Dr. Oz to the spiritual 700 Club. We are all interested in it, even though we say that we don't … (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)

How Does He Do That?

September 2, 2011

I know that you are just as busy as I am. Do you ever not get to your prayer time or your time to be with the Lord daily? Although I know that if I start my day with my … (read more)

Six O'Clock News

March 1, 2011

I'm a newsaholic. It's not unusual for our TV to be on CNN in the middle of the day. But everything is different… Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia. The people are overthrowing their dictators, they are led by unknown people, and … (read more)

What Happened?

July 29, 2010

I was doing a financial report for our Presbyterian Women's group when indigestion started in my chest. I went to the kitchen to get some milk, and shortly after, the indigestion turned into pain with the inability to breathe. I … (read more)

It's Hard To Thank Him For Everything

October 9, 2000

As we in Canada sit around our bountiful tables this year on Thanksgiving Day, it's really easy to give God thanks. Can't you just see it — grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts, cousins, sons and daughters — all with our … (read more)

The Secret Of Answered Prayer

May 18, 1999

We live on the north shore of Lake Erie and for many summers enjoyed boating and the many water sports available to us. Growing up along this large body of water, one learns water safety early and also how to … (read more)

Vacations And Long Weekends

September 3, 1998

The words from our text in Ecclesiastes (which means Preacher) were written by Solomon about 1000 years before Christ was born, but I am glad I remember them today. The principle of slowing down "to enjoy the good of all … (read more)


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