Carried

It was the week, some years ago, that I vacationed at Disney World with my husband, daughter and son-in-law, and his parents and brother. We had spent most days at one of the Disney parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc. It was fun and fabulous. Magical, even! Late every evening, on the shuttle home, … More Carried

Ripples

Sometimes, when my father would go to the farm, a few of us kids would pile in the back of the truck and go with him to pick berries, swim, or whatever else tickled our fancy for a few hours in that wonderful Newfoundland summer air and sunshine. Sometimes, if there was not much of … More Ripples

Grey Hair and Time

It was ten years ago. I had just read a note from a young writer named Benjamin. Benjamin wasn’t published yet, but I’d heard him read from his manuscript and it was obvious that he’s good. He had a story and a distinct voice, and the heart to get both on paper and out into … More Grey Hair and Time

The Giver

When I was a child I often heard in church, “God is no man’s debtor.” There’s a lot in the Bible to support that statement: The whole sowing and reaping concept found in Corinthians; The “give to the the poor and God will repay” concept found in Proverbs; The “put first the kingdom” teaching in … More The Giver

Time Flies

Originally Posted on August 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM It’s been a long hot summer here in Southern Ontario, my days moving as slow as the season. One of my favourite summertime occupations is dinner on the patio with my husband. Sometimes friends join us for a long, lazy chat, and as we watch the … More Time Flies

Cancel Culture

As far as I can determine, the phenomenon known as Cancel Culture has the intention of tearing down or removing anything that has within it—or within its past—something that is objectionable in the context of today’s world view. It can motivate something as simple as shutting down conversation and free exchange of ideas, and has … More Cancel Culture

Empty Hands

A few days ago I listened to a story told by one of my favourite Bible teachers.* She told of growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, where the business of farm life meant she rarely got to go to the summer carnivals her friends attended. One day, a neighbour asked her mother if they … More Empty Hands

Broken, Not Forsaken

Recently, I watched a Facebook video where John Tesh shared his testimony about talking to his disease about God. It reminded me of one of my own testimonies, and I share it here to encourage you. It is only one example of how God brings healing to those who hope in Him, whether we are … More Broken, Not Forsaken

Luke 24: A New Chapter

Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter

Luke 23: When it is Dry

This time of Jesus’ life has been the subject of wondrous art forms through centuries, and presented on screen by various production companies in recent decades. It is his walk through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, to Golgotha. As we look back on the scene as written here, we might easily overlook one … More Luke 23: When it is Dry

Luke 22: The Beginning

We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning