December 23, 2022

The last few days, my friends have opened our conversations with their concerns about sadness. “So many have died. There is so much sickness, hunger, war…” My heart joins theirs in this heart felt lament. Celebrating Christmas is difficult for many. Today, I feel God is calling me to offer you this Christmas story. Our…

December 8, 2022

For years, I have used the same doll as my baby Jesus in my story telling. He’s just a doll, certainly, but I feel my love for Jesus deeply, every time I look at him. When I put him out in the cold and rain and snow in our front yard Nativity scene, I feel…

November 29, 2022

When I was a toddler, my mom taught me to say please and thank you. When I learned to read and write, my mom encouraged me to write thank you notes for all gifts I received. She said, “Name the gift. Tell your grandma, auntie, friend how you might use it. It’s not that auntie…

November 22, 2022

Just a quick note to tell all of you that I will have a table at the Peterborough Regional Farmer’s Market, this coming Saturday November 26th from 8am to 1pm. This is my first appearance at the market as a seller. As a buyer, I love the Peterborough Market. For me it’s important to shop…

November 11, 2022

               This beautiful wreath hanging on my front door was made by Anne Crouse. At age ninety, Anne is a wonderful example of living life every day. Her church community is important to her, so she made this wreath for the silent auction at Bridgenorth United. I was blessed…

November 7, 2022

Book Launch for “Rajah” “Rajah Finds His Wisdom: Using Our Differences Wisely” will be officially launched on November 12, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Napanee United Church, in Napanee Ontario, the home of its illustrator, Lois Sexsmith. Janet Stobie, the author and publisher, of “Rajah Finds His Wisdom” will be there to sign…

October 10, 2022

(Photo by Gerd Altmann, Pixabay) Tonight it feels important to offer you one of my stories instead of a short reflection. Most of us attended church this morning. Many of us heard reflection on the familiar scripture about Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers. (Luke 17: 1-19). Sometimes when a scripture is familiar, we think…

October 5, 2022

          Life is never perfect. Problems come. Sometimes, we can see their causes in our poor choices, but most of the time our struggles just seem to happen. In job loss, in grief, in rejection, in accidents, we can blame no one. We search for a reason, thinking that will help. It doesn’t. No explanation…

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