Lord, thank you for my parents

One day, God only knows when, I’ll wake up without a father. Dad, 90 now, can’t walk without assistance and he forgets more than he remembers. But he remembers the important things. God, his wife and children and most of the nearby descendants. Usually. He remembers the far past too, …

Too busy for joy?

“I’m busy, busy, frightfully busy! You’ve no idea what I have to do…” Like that Veggie Tales tune that keeps playing in my head, the “I’m-too-busy-to…” theme runs like a sticky thread through my days.  Three such threads have already woven themselves into this morning’s fabric. A friend lamented in …

Fur and feathers face off

After we adopted Grace Cat, spicy with a hint of left-over predator from his stray days, Ernie, our Amazon Green parrot, got his beak out of joint. He sulked at the intrusion of fur in his territory, and rarely came out of his cage. Prior to Grace, we often left Ernie’s cage …

Ancoro Imparo

At our house, my favourite door hangs on the wall. Shabby, five-panelled, cream-coloured. With peeling paint and thirteen knobs. It can’t do what it once did, but what it does now is needed and valuable. The door came to us older than old; grimy from years of neglect in a …

Walking with giants

Spiritual giants may not frequent the front pews at church or parade across the platform. And they don’t advertise as poster people for the Christian faith. But walk alongside one awhile, and you’ll soon understand what it really means to follow Jesus. I know people like that. In fact, I …

The Sign on Highway 10

Under the circumstances. Ever camped there, feeling flatter than grass under snow?  At times like that, everyone needs a sign that reminds us that God knows and cares. That we can trust him to point the way to living triumphantly over the “stuff and sins” that weigh us down. That, …

Got a ruffled spirit? Me too

Numerous ill winds unsettle my spirit as I write this week. Some breezes blow stronger than others. Since I can’t concentrate on a single worthy thing, may I talk about those? Perhaps your interior weather looks the same today.   My ninety-year-old dad is in the hospital recovering from a life-threatening …