Wednesday, December 9, 2009


“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful...”
I just heard that the East Coast just got walloped with 30 cm of snow and strong winds.
Meanwhile, my poor daughter is shivering and scraping frost off her car in minus 30 winter conditions in Alberta, and here I am blogging in the warmth of my office.
What happened to global warming?

This is the reason why I just love living on the West Coast...enough snow to make it festive; cold enough to justify a nice warm fire in the fireplace, and a hot cup of apple cider.

One of the nice things about bad weather is that it keeps families inside –together. Instead of complaining about something you can’t control, take the opportunity to enjoy the company of your love ones.

Break out a board game...sing some carols...and celebrate the reason for the season!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Precious Sleep

It’s one of those things in life we take for granted – sleep.
Yet, for the insomniac, sleep is a luxury that cannot be bought with all the money in the bank.
I came across these Mallard Ducks all tucked in and ready to go to bed. It was amazing to see them so comfortable and without a care in the world.
I wondered if they were really safe out in the open without shelter or any defence.

This time of the year, everything seems to go to sleep; even the plants and trees go into hibernation. What a blessing it is to be able to go to bed every night and be able to get in 8 hours of sound sleep!

“I lay down and slept. I woke in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.” Psalm 3:5

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It’s Almost Christmas

I just love it when my favourite Christian radio station starts playing Christmas carols.
It really cheers me up on a wet and gloomy wintry day. It also gives me an excuse to set up the Christmas decorations and lights.
The words of many of these Christmas Carols hold special meaning and significance for my family and I. Each song brings up special memories of Christmases past.

I remembered one that was played during the most trying season in my life, while I was ministering in Taipei. It brought me much needed encouragement and hope.
There was a time when I younger and living in the tropics when all I desired was to experience a “white Christmas.” After last Christmas’ blizzard, I’m not ‘Dreaming of a white Christmas’ this year. One of the highlights of the year is our Christmas Musical, which is the culmination of months of hard work by our crew and cast of 100 members. Without the message of Christmas, it just wouldn’t be the same.