• Following the Crowd

    I am currently reading a story about a young woman, raised in the north, who comes to the city for her university education.  Being very unfamiliar with the “ways of the world” she agrees to attend a party of fellow students.  What she sees saddens her – people wanting so badly to be part of the crowd that they give up their principles.  Many of them seem to be living for their social gatherings, while their school work suffers.  She sees many instances of these young people having little purpose in life and drifting from one amusement to another.  This young northern woman decides that it is in her best…

  • Stepping Out on the Edge

    They are going about their daily business.  Outsiders might call them unskilled labourers.  But doing what they do requires knowledge of the weather, of the sea, and of specific techniques.  In the societal hierarchy, they are on the lower side of the scale.  Yet they do their work with faithfulness and patience in order to provide for their families. These fishermen are going about their daily tasks when Jesus walks up to them.  Scripture doesn’t tell us if they had heard Jesus’ message prior to this day.  It is highly likely that they already knew something about His work and ministry as Jesus had been preaching in the area.  What…

  • Changing

    An odd looking contraption graces the corner of my sewing room.  The dress form is a welcome addition to my sewing toolkit.  It’s adaptability makes it very useful to expand my sewing projects and improve my technique.  A dress form has a number of knobs on it to adjust the form to fit the size of the person for whom the garment is being sewn.  Within certain size parameters, the form can take the shape of anyone. I am much like that sewing tool – i try to change my “knobs” to fit into different situations.  It really takes a lot of effort to attempt to fit into what I…

  • Epiphany

    It was a long, arduous journey but an important one to these men who studied the stars.  They had seen the star proclaiming Jesus’ birth and knew a grand event had happened.  Excitement loomed as they got closer to the place where the star rested overhead.  Their brief stop with Herod in Jerusalem was of no assistance as He knew nothing of this great event that had happened right at his doorstep. Not much is truly known about the wise men.  Were they pagans like most in the eastern lands of their origin?  Were they remnants of the Jews who had been exiled in the east?  The Bible doesn’t specifically…