Refresh your faith at lunch

I’ve joined a noon hour Bible study group for women, most of whom work in the downtown area. For the first time in several years, rather than talking about faith to larger groups, I’m connecting weekly, face-to-face, with a small group. As a member, not a leader. We’re three weeks in now, studying three biblical women, Elizabeth, Mary […]

In times like these, we need an anchor

In times like these, we need an anchor

On the terror-stricken day of the assault on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill by a radical young Islamist, people around the world watched in horror at the chilling images broadcast from the capital of our peace-loving country. “In times like these, we need a Saviour. In times like these, we need an anchor.” As a child, the […]

Overcoming technical difficulties in your faith

“Sounds like her, sounds like her, sounds like her…” If a long-play record (anyone remember those?) had been spinning that day, I’d have blamed the strange repeated phrase coming from my stereo on a scratch in the vinyl. An old-fashioned skip. But I sat in the driver’s seat of my car, my radio tuned to […]

Daughter Amanda. From teenager to (decades later) five-star many things, including photographer.

Teenagers do grow up. Really.

Some days, around children’s teen years, parenting feels like a string of first-class flubs, second-guessed decisions, three-strike outs, and four-season battles. But other days bring surprises; reminders from God to stay the course. In my “KEEP” file sits one of those surprises: a folded white card containing a half-page of tiny hand-written script. Our daughter’s […]

A fall (level-ground!) hike with the Beans. I'm grateful for moments like this...even when they don't fall on the traditional day.

Still grateful, after all these years

What? Another Thanksgiving? Like a carousel, they keep coming around, these special holy days. But they come faster, not slower. I haven’t had time to make pumpkin pickles for years. Or preserve autumn leaves by pressing them and coating them with glue, for use as table decorations. Could it really be decades ago that around […]

Grace - contemplating piano chords - which one tonight?

God bless the beasts

Strolling through a crowded craft fair, I encountered a mountain of a dog; tawny, brawny and very tall. A woman with an obvious disability walked alongside, gripping its harness. Both looked resolutely forward, ignoring the curious stares around them. “That’s a magnificent working dog,” I remarked to the man following slightly behind the pair. “What […]

Please pass the grace

Please pass the grace

In my quiet moments, when I count my many blessings, when I name them one by one, and can’t reach list’s end, it comes to me: I don’t deserve this. In the last few weeks, I had two conversations that remind me I’m not alone in that feeling of unworthiness. “I don’t know why God […]

Ultimate Pirate Repellant

Ultimate Pirate Repellant

The door exploded inwards, and two grandbeans busted into the house. All excited. “Nana, we SAVED a dragonfly today!” “Wow! Bravo! Amazing!” Grins. High fives. “So is he going to heaven now?” A bit of eye-rolling ensued. “Nana. You know that dragonflies can’t go to heaven. Jesus didn’t die for THEM.” “Oh. That’s a pity. […]