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Trust God through your disease

Ten years ago the Preacher was diagnosed with West Nile Neurological Disease. Five years ago, colon cancer, stage four, followed. This summer marks the point where he will be declared officially in remission.  We’re so grateful. During the cancer journey, I wrote these words to praying friends: “Psalm 20:7 reads, “Some trust in horses, and […]

Are you battling? Drop your sword…

“Hey, how’re you doing?” I asked a friend after church one day, anticipating her usual enthusiastic, “Just great!” Not that day. A big circumstance had her battling. She explained – for some time. As her story lengthened, I chafed. Someone stood near, trying to catch my eye. She seemed not to notice. That perturbed me. […]

Broken toilets and broken souls

During the days when the Preacher and I lived for several months in a medical facility, the toilet in his room developed a nasty case of hiccups. I reported the problem and a staff member called in Norm the plumber.  He came cheerfully, pushing a red metal cart heavy with dangling wrenches. It rattled like […]

Peace in God’s Arms

From the vault, one of my favourite columns…and memories: The wrapped-up-in-peace business started on one of my Friday afternoons with our grandbeans. After lunch, Dinah Jane, just two at the time, seemed tired and cranky. During a colouring session, she wanted to keep all the crayons. “No, honey,” I told her. “Your brother and sister […]

Swamped and desperate – but never alone

Swamped and desperate – but never alone

Some of my readers are treading life. It has swamped you, either in increments or suddenly. You feel almost at the “no surviving beyond this point” point. And you wonder if God cares. I opened an old journal last night, and found someone like that. Me. A younger self, passing through an excruciating circumstance that felt […]