Monday, October 29, 2007


Do you want to get close to someone?

Spend some time together in the dirt. Two people making a hole in the ground. Planting seeds and plants that bring the promise of beauty and shelter. Even the dreaded 'weeding' can be a time of quiet togetherness.

When you are in the dirt, change the subject from the weather or work. Talk about something interesting such as 'How many days was Noah in the ark?', or 'Why did Jesus put the ear back on the servant of the high priest?', or 'Why did Herod get eaten by worms and die?

Get the conversation centered on God and be surprised by how well you get to know your fellow human being beside you.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Montreal - Warm & Peaceful

Today Montreal is basking in an unusually toasty fall day. The date is Oct 22 and it is 77 degrees, soft warm sunshine and barely a breath of breeze. Strolling by the river near city center was almost uncomfortably warm. Definitely not the chilling cold fall I was expecting. The foliage is arrayed in a full gamut of fall splendor.

French is preferred and English is definitely second language here. It is fun to attempt ordering food without asking or checking the English version. (I am pretty good at most menu items.)

Observing folks along Rene Levesque, the street by the hotel, most people fall into a French European stereotypical appearance. Smoking is very commonplace among all ages. Few acknowledged greetings on the sidewalk, and eye contact was only occasional. Maybe that is the european influence or, perhaps just surviving a big city.

This was my peaceful and restful day in Montreal... May yours be the same.


Thursday, October 11, 2007


That stirring from deep within, brightening the horizon, sometimes just a thin thread - yet there it is a ray of light shining through the darkness.

Watching the movie, 'Joan of Arc' brought to mind how hope can create a determination in people who have been downtrodden.

When you feel overloaded - downtrodden and need a ray of hope, remember we have been given a hope from God. Take hold of it and claim it as a gift to you. Live life with the light of hope illuminating your path as you work your way out from under your heavy load.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

How many decisions did I make today? Well, I didn’t decide to breathe, that one was taken care of for me. What time to get up? Whether to get up when that time came? Which socks, shirt, the whole clothing thing? What to read this morning? How much quiet time today? Whew! I am not even out of bed yet.

What do we use to make our decisions in life? Peer pressure? Culture? Belief system? Concience? Gut feelings? Some decisions are no-brainers, not worth agonizing over. Others are those gut renching, lost sleep, deep-deep prayer kind of decisions.

Whatever decisions you have to face today, I pray you decide to be a Christian in all that you choose.

God bless you today!