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a unique name

As my father held our toddler on his lap, he referred to my mother as Grandma, but Mum swiftly reminded him, ‘I’m Mar Mar’, she said proudly. ‘That’s their special name for me’. In later years, our son asked me … Continue reading

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What If I’d Been There?

So often, when I read my Bible, I wonder how I’d think and behave if I were actually present in the story. Would I act in the same way as the original participants, or would I choose to be different? … Continue reading

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A Stirling Discovery

As I walked down our hallway one evening, I noticed a small brown piece of rubbish on the blue carpet runner. A shirt button? Maybe a lump of mud from the garden? I bent to pick it up. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Friendship Books

Have you heard of The Friendship Books of Francis Gay? I have a small collection, some inherited from my mother, and others which were gifts from dear friends. They’ve been a blessing to me and those with whom I’ve shared … Continue reading

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Staying Home for Easter

We’ve all been encouraged (or rather, told!) to stay home this weekend. Many people like to travel at this time, visiting family, going to holiday destinations, and having a refreshing change of pace. But in most places of the world, … Continue reading

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Going Out and Coming In, Sitting Down and Rising Up

I dislike the way online companies put unrelated advertisements on the sites I read. I might want to check a Blog I’m following, but there they are, with their real estate information, fashion advice, or medical articles that I don’t … Continue reading

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Easter in Sri Lanka

For a while, I’ve been meditating on laughter, and its amazing ability to heal us. One Bible proverb calls laughter ‘medicine’. Two translations read like this: Being cheerful keeps you healthy; and A cheerful disposition is good for your health. Each adds … Continue reading

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What’s It Like to be Old, Grandma?

I never asked my Grandmother that question. She lived with us for many years, but people didn’t talk much about how they felt in their hearts, especially to children. I now wonder if it’s even possible to teach younger people how … Continue reading

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The Value of Our Proper Place

It’s almost unbelievable how sermons can provoke seemingly irrelevant thoughts! I take notes of sermons, and write these random extras at the bottom of the page, separate from the rest. That’s where I found a scribble from my Sunday-sidetrack. This … Continue reading

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Looking for the Gaps

The South African cricketer, Hashim Amla, said in an interview, ‘I don’t look for where the fieldsmen are; I look for where the gaps are’. What a good piece of advice for life! Regardless of the type of game we’re … Continue reading

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