Farewell to a sweet life season

  Like the sweeping arc of a lighthouse beam, illuminating, for one glorious moment, some unutterably lovely scene, a beautiful season of life will soon end for our family. Our six grandbeans can no more race the three hundred steps between their parsonage and our home, the shortest legs pumping …

God brings good surprises on the other side of pain

When necessity forced me from the world of freelance writing and speaking into using those skills to earn a regular paycheque, I never imagined the blessing of a desk of my own in a quiet office. Three desks, actually, in three different offices so far. As a former interior decorator, …

Every ending means a new beginning

An hour before church is set to begin, I find the pastor’s wife weeping in the church nursery. She’s huddled in the chair in the corner by the playpen, pressed deep into it, like a wild thing cornered. Over the last dozen years, she has sequestered herself often here during …

Ride this vacation road with me.

Today’s itinerary stretches between our son’s place in B.C.’s Kootenay region and my father’s residential care facility in Abbotsford. We set out on Highway #95, the two-lane road connecting Invermere and Golden, B.C. – one of my favourite sections of that route. Under blue sky and dumpling clouds, we motor through vast …

Taking a different road? Don’t miss these two billboards

Sometimes, during a life transition, even an anticipated one, the road stretching ahead appears as murky as fog on an unfamiliar highway. Several of our friends have turned onto that highway by choice. “We’re excited,” they say, “But of course we wonder….” What if that new job seems perfect in …

Don’t beat up your past – let God redeem it

If you’ve ever heard dozens of donkeys braying at once, you know what it does to one’s neck hairs. The word “cacophony” doesn’t begin to describe the din. It’s been almost four decades since I heard that sound. I’ve never forgotten. Thousands of formerly mistreated and neglected donkeys have been …