• Don’t Underestimate What God Can Do

    My dear niece posted a Danny Gokey quote on Facebook recently: “Don’t underestimate what God can do with all the broken pieces of your life.  It can be the pathway to someone else’s healing.” I can see why she shares this post.  Diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, she has had her share of challenges in recent months.  Through it all, her faith in Christ is evident, and although her life was in pieces, she never ceases to reach out and care for others and to proclaim God’s word of grace and hope.  Her courage and determination are an example to many. Danny Gokey’s story is similar –…

  • Deja Vu

    The sweet little girl stood in the front row, her eyes all aglow with wonder.  Her beautiful long hair fell over her shoulders in ripples of gold.  She fidgeted some as little girls do, but overall she thoroughly enjoyed the experience of making music.  With her eyes on her conductor she sang with all her heart – the joy evident on her face.  Music has always touched her life deeply and she relished the experience to sing with the other children. As I watched my dear granddaughter sing last night in her church Christmas program the tears were flowing.  Memories flooded my mind as I remembered another young girl, 25…

  • Waning Gibbous

    While enjoying a stroll through our yard the other evening, I looked up to enjoy the brilliant moon above.  I had viewed some lovely full moons in recent days, rising up through our trees in the east.  Now the moon was gradually decreasing in size, but still shone brightly that day. As I walked, the obscure fact that the moon was a waning gibbous popped into my brain.  That was a fact that I never knew until I taught a term of grade 6 science a number of years ago.  It’s a fact I never really used since either.  Since I’m not an astronomer, the moon phases are not part…

  • Coping with Grief

    The tears just won’t stop this morning as I walk around the house aimlessly.  I think I am okay and can get on with day and then the feelings of grief wash over me again.  I knew this day was coming as my friend has been struggling with terminal cancer for over a year.  Yet the reality – and the finality – of learning of her death has rocked my world. In one way I am thankful – she has been released from pain and suffering and she now resides in heaven with Jesus.  But otherwise I am sad as I have lost an advocate, a confidant, a mentor, and…

  • Be Patient

    The first words of one of our Scripture readings at church yesterday were “be patient”.  In the back of my mind I could hear my husband chuckle – we have a standing joke between us about my patience…or lack of it. For many years I was the patient person.  I bided my time, hoping that better things would come along.  I invested my time, talents, and treasures, hoping that someday they would bear fruit.  I worked hard to be tolerant and uncomplaining, thinking that was the best course of action.  While being understanding is important, I often felt that my patient efforts were not appreciated.  I can’t say I never…

  • Auto Pilot

    While living out in the country has many advantages, one downfall is the extra time spent driving to get anywhere.  I have a 25 minute drive to church, to medical facilities, and to do major shopping.  As I drive my winding country road to get to the main highway, I often find myself going for miles without really thinking about it.   It is truly amazing how the brain operates.  What an intricate design God made that allows me to drive a car on a familiar road without consciously doing it.  Yet it scares me at times to think about how far I drive without really thinking about it sometimes.…