• I Can Only Imagine

    Sometimes a powerful movie comes along that blows me away with its compelling story. I Can Only Imagine, the story of Bart Millard lead singer of Christian band Mercy Me, is that kind of movie. As I sit riveted to the screen, a flood of varying emotions cascade over me. Watching Bart’s story I am taken back years in my past and through his story I now view that past with new eyes. Bart’s story is one I can relate to on many levels. Having lived with abuse as he did, I know how devastating that can be on the psyche. As I watch the father in the movie degrade…

  • Sowing Seeds

    Throughout the yard the snowbanks abound.  Heavy snows have left their mark and the garden is buried in depths of white.  My greenhouse stands idle, waiting for the day when it will serve to help my plants come to life.  It is the first day of spring today but it doesn’t much feel like it.  We are a long way off from any kind of greenery and new life. Being a gardener, though, I am thinking spring and what I will plant.  My seeds are laid out and ready for the days when they will be put in my potting trays and nurtured so they can be planted outdoors at…

  • Jesus is Always on Time

    The mother sobs as her son is carried away to be prepared for burial.  She is despondent, not only at the loss of her loved one, but at the dim prospects life now holds for her.  Her culture has little means for women to support themselves and she has lost the final male in her household to care for her.  It is a sombre groups that carries the young man toward the tomb.  As is part of the Jewish tradition, many mourners join the mother on the sad trek outside the city walls. It seems a hopeless situation but that changes in an instant with the approach of Jesus.  He…