Category Archives: Inspirational

The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Like a tenacious self-adhesive label, it stuck. Like a subcutaneous tattoo, it has never been erased from my consciousness. The late Dr. Oswald J. Smith, founding pastor of People’s Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote about “The expulsive power of … Continue reading

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Sacramental, Eucharistic Service

A series of hands outstretched in greeting, backed by smiling faces, welcomed us when my wife and I entered the sanctuary. I thrilled at hearing the magnificent organ skilfully played in prelude and wished, as I quite often do, that … Continue reading

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Remembering *Their* Pain, Too!

On Remembrance Day, Wei Chen, host of CBC’s Ontario Morning radio program, invited her listeners to email or call in, telling their stories about whom they would be remembering. Every now and then, she read out responses between news spots, … Continue reading

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More than Life . . .

You’ve likely seen recent images of twenty-one Egyptian young men – Coptic Christians – clad in orange jumpsuits, kneeling in line on the Libyan seashore. Behind each one stands a hooded radical Islamist, clad in black, clasping a knife. The … Continue reading

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Raise Gaze and Furrowed Brow

Raise Your Gaze finally has entered the New Year! Hmm, this is the first post here of 2015. It’s just as well Yours Truly hadn’t made a resolution to absolutely cut out procrastination, or it would have been broken already! … Continue reading

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Advent Wonder

A sense of wonder goes a long way in enjoying winter, or any season. Each presents its wonders, whether in the natural world, or in those simple kindnesses and benefits of everyday. For example, consider the simple wonder stirred when … Continue reading

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Looking Down for a Raised Gaze

Looking downward isn’t always bad. As a kid, I often found items of interest on the sidewalk or in the gutter. Sometimes it would be a nut, a bolt or screw, a tire valve cap, and sometimes the prized thing … Continue reading

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