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The Day of Rest

On a gloriously sunny, cool Sunday in October, I made my way to the Rideau Falls in Ottawa, the place where the Rideau River tumbles into the Ottawa River, surrounded by parkland and memorial gardens.  The week’s demands had made my soul weary, and I wandered across...

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A Role Reversal

As a reader, I enjoy a story which has a surprise and isn’t too predictable.  A good author knows how to draw the reader in and build fascination.  Few things do this like a plot reversal, when the story seems to be heading one way, but suddenly changes so the...

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The Making Way

"A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory...

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Come up to Higher Ground

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) Often, as I...

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The Key to Success

I don't know about you, but I am a pretty self-confident person in most things that I do. I am an accomplished cook; I have successfully raised two wonderful, Christian boys; after 34 years, I am still happily married; I have been a registered, practicing...

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The Best Part

I was delighted to find celeriac in the local farmer's market this morning. This strange-looking root vegetable, also called turnip-rooted celery, knob celery, and sometimes celery root, is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, hypocotyl, and shoots. As...

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The Jonathan Quandary

Jonathan was in a tough place. He made David, his father's arch-enemy and the anointed king of Israel, his best friend. Meanwhile, he was still Saul's son, legally the next in line to become Israel's king. It was like walking a tightrope, but Jonathan walked it for a...

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