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Joy Happens Anyway

Christmas didn't call for a celebration. Not anymore. Not when you have a vital part of your life missing. It's been twelve years since we lost our son Joe. Festivities don't seem to have the joy they should. And Christmas trees don't emanate the usual scent....

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January Cold

It had been a fiercely cold week in Southern Ontario. Without an insulating layer of cloud, temperatures had dipped well below the freezing mark; and the prevalence of high winds throughout the week had driven the wind-chill factor down to the -20s- -30s. Needless to...

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If you Don’t Like the Weather…

A minute ago, when I looked out the window, it was foggy. I couldn't see to the back of my property; but now, the pond and its ring of trees are clearly visible. It kind of reminds me of the saying I heard when we visited Alberta a few years back: If you don't like...

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I Choose to Sing

"We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next." (Romans...

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Hanging by a Thread

"You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me." (Psalm 139:5) My grandmother taught me how to hem. I remember it being as difficult to learn as tying shoelaces, my fingers feeling thick and clumsy. I wanted to learn to sew, however, so I kept...

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Four Statements that Shine with Hope

Hubby and I stood at the customer service window of a large wholesale store. The line was getting longer because the woman at the window, in a loud voice, gushed demanding questions: You mean I don’t get a refund for my membership? And you won’t compensate me for the...

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For Sure

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (Jeremiah 29:11) It definitely looked like winter...the foliage was off the trees, the bushes were bare, and things looked...

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