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“As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; 6he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; 8I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. 9Why have ... Read more
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A Spiral of Deceit

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  When one of my children was a toddler, I signed her up to participate in a research study on lying with Queen’s University and the Child Development Centre.  I was absolutely sure that my child, in all of their fair-haired golden gloriousness, would blow the researchers away with the depth of their innocence and integrity. Oh how wrong I was. My child ‘lied like a rug’. I was mortified.  The researcher had to spend ... Read more
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Majesty

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, (Psalm 104:1)   Now, don’t hang on Nothin’ lasts forever but the earth and sky It slips away And all your money won’t another minute buy Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind (From “Dust in the Wind” by Kerry Livgren)   That was some thunderstorm we had the other night.  I knew it was going to be serious when the red ‘Emergency Alert’ came over my cell phone.  One of the cracks of ... Read more
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Waiting

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 Waiting. It seems that I spend much of my time waiting. Especially with Covid. I wait in line at the Grocery store or the Pharmacy. I keep my feet firmly on the ‘wait’ stickers telling me the distance that I have from the next person. I’m waiting for my second vaccination so that I am “fully vaccinated”.  (Tomorrow if all goes well). I’m waiting for ... Read more
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The Persistence of Fleas

Psalm 94:19 19 And when I was burdened     with worries,     you comforted me     and made me feel secure.   Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.   This morning, I got up and was casually petting Gabby, the bigger of my two ‘muppets’, and I picked a flea off her head.   Ewwwwww.   I really hate fleas.  Just as soon as I got that flea picked off and crushed, I picked ... Read more
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Bystander in Raman

“The Lord proclaims: A voice is heard in Raman, weeping and wailing. It’s Rachael crying for her children; she refuses to be consoled, because her children are no more.” (Jeremiah 31:15, CEB) Many years ago I was on a work trip with a colleague from the Social Work department.  As you do on these long road trips we chatted and got to know each other in a whole new way.  He began speaking about old jobs and launched into a story about the first job he held – working in a Residential School in Northern Alberta. He had a hard ... Read more
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