• Christmas is Cancelled – Or Is It?

    When the word came down last week from the government officials in our province that all indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited until January it was a tough blow.  Any hope of having some kind of Christmas celebration dissipated and sadness set in.  No festive dinners.  No Christmas carol singing in church.  No family gatherings.  No trips to see loved ones. At times like these it is extremely easy to have negative thoughts settle in and take root.  Like dandelion seeds blowing in the wind and creating new weeds everywhere, these negative images permeate lots of what we do and think if we let them. I challenge you, my readers,…

  • Just An Ordinary Day…Or Not

    Softly the night wind blows over the quiet hillside.  Tucked in nooks and crannies of the fields are a myriad of wooly, ragged sheep settling down for the night.  Soft bleats are heard as ewes seek out their young and find a location to lay their weary heads.  They are calm; trusting in the shepherds to watch out for any danger.  It is a peaceful, serene, ordinary place. The shepherds themselves are simple, common men.  None hold a prominent place in the community – in fact, just the opposite.  They are on the low end of the social scale and looked on with contempt by many.  Educated only in the…