What is God writing?

The book of Malachi has an interesting story. What has happened is that God’s chosen people have had some troubles, and they have started saying, “It doesn’t make any difference if you honour God or not. The wicked are doing pretty well, and we aren’t. By their actions they tempt God and yet they go free!” … More What is God writing?

This I Know

On a Tuesday evening about ten years ago, I spoke at a Women’s Ministry Banquet at a church here in London. There was a very talented group of girls there to perform—students of the pastor’s wife. The last of their offerings was the simple and simply beautiful Jesus Loves Me. “Jesus loves me, this I … More This I Know

Ebenezer Stone

I first encountered Ebenezer Stone when I was a young school teacher in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada. A church of a different denomination than that which I attended was planning revival meetings, and the pastor asked if I would play the piano for the services. He was an occasional substitute teacher in the … More Ebenezer Stone

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

Favour

Have you ever needed a favour from someone and wished you had done more for that person so that now you would be in a better position to ask? Have you ever asked for favour from God and wished the same thing? The Old Testament indicates that the favour of God is earned somehow. In … More Favour

Fear Not… But

We’ve been scared before. I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1961. I was a little girl, and didn’t really know much about what was happening, but I had heard enough and had watched enough war movies to be terrified when I heard a plane flying overhead. Like the adults around me, I was relieved … More Fear Not… But