Canada’s New National Holiday

Image by Government of Canada Today is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This holiday was proposed in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which under Action 80 called upon the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, to establish a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, …

Gerhardt’s Disappointment

He was in the library when Benson informed him that he had a visitor and that she was waiting for him in the drawing-room. "Has she been waiting long?" he asked. "No, Sir. She arrived about ten minutes ago." "Thank you, Benson." He straightened his sweater and combed his fingers through his hair. His heart …

The Faces of Mental Illness

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week so I thought it would be appropriate …

A Different Direction

One day I got tired of writing mundane stories about film stars, politicians, writers and other famous people. I guess people would think I'm crazy. How could I be bored with such stuff, they would wonder. Well, believe it or not, I was. I wanted to do something different with my life. I have always …

Two Praying Women

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” - Luke 18:14 She walked into the sanctuary and straight to the front pew where she stood facing the altar.  With her head …

Sewing for a Better Future

Seven Wells is "a faith-based development organization raising up a generation who will transform Africa." In 2005, they started a sewing school for mothers.  The women attend Monday to Friday for 9 months with the goal that at the end they have a trade.  About 300 of them have graduated and are now self-sufficient and …

God Sees Them

"No one is invisible to God," my nine year old son declared after I finished reading the Bible with him.  I asked him to expand on that and he said that it doesn't matter if a person goes into a secret place, God will see him.  And that brought to my mind what David wrote …

The Apology

The other night when my husband and I were watching TVO, we saw a clip of director Tiffany Tsiung's latest film, The Apology.  The film is about the more than  200,000 women and girls across Asia who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War.  "Now in their 80s …

Starvation in Madaya

Many people in the world today are not starving because there is an inherent inability to produce food, they are starving because they are caught in the middle of political fights and blockades that have been used as weapons - Ralph Merkle I was appalled when I heard about the mother who was giving her 7 month …

Two Wheels Are Faster

Help Missionaries go farther, faster with bicycles.  Help them to reach more people in one day for Jesus. As much as I like walking, I don't relish the thought of walking everywhere--not even for one day.  I have access to buses, trains, streetcars and taxis.  It's not a problem for me to go to several places in …

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