Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas in July

This past summer my family visited friends in Italy. We spent three weeks touring around mostly the southern half of mainland Italy — Naples and the Amalfi Coast especially. In this region in summer, the weather is tropical. Palm trees, … Continue reading

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No easy way up those stairs

Perhaps you know someone like Sue. Sue had Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As the disease progressed in her relatively young life, she nevertheless wanted to stay at home as long as possible. Her house, unfortunately, was not outfitted appropriately for someone … Continue reading

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Advent devotion – Dec 9

Read Psalm 146:5-10  Loosen up  “Happy are they …. Praise the Lord!” (verse 5,10)  When installing our new dishwasher, I screwed clamps into the cabinetry on both sides. Tightly.  When I ran a cycle, water started streaming out the side … Continue reading

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Advent devotion – Dec 8

Read Isaiah 35:1-10  Who’s going on the way?  “… the redeemed shall walk there” (verse 9)  She stood at the back of the crowded downtown Ottawa church. In a quivering voice, she told the assembly that Pam was not her … Continue reading

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Advent devotion – Dec 7

Read Matthew 12:33-37  Words matter  “… on the day of judgement you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter” (verse 36).  In a popular book about near-death experiences, people reported on how they saw a … Continue reading

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Advent devotion – Dec 6

Read Isaiah 40:1-11  The God who waits  “… when the breath of the Lord blows upon it” (verse 7)  In Jewish tradition only the consonants for Yahweh were printed in the Hebrew text – YHWH. As such, this most holy … Continue reading

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Advent devotion – Dec 5

Read Psalm 8  The gift of a child  “Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark …” (verse 2)  I heard a soft rap on my office door. After Sunday worship many like to enjoy … Continue reading

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