Good Brakes

A Good Motto to Live By

A number of years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s retreat in Alaska. The church I was attending at the time was tiny – the congregation consisted of about thirty people on a good day. I expected that would be about the size of the group in Alaska. So when I...

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Falling Asleep

It had been a stressful trip. As usual, when we traveled the three hundred miles from Dawson City to Whitehorse, Yukon, we had a long list of needs and wants, both for ourselves and for friends. The ‘city’ part of the name, you see, was a bit of a misnomer back then,...

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Head’s Up!

The mass of bodies looks almost like a large boulder sitting in the midst of the white Antarctic landscape, but as the camera moves in it becomes obvious that it is a living thing - a huddle of penguins. We watched The March of the Penguins a few nights ago and as we...

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Three Words Will Do

I saw a stunning painting a while ago. It was done by a man whose work reflects a lot of religious themes, but I think this is one of his best. It is a portrayal of one of the encounters with Jesus told in the book of Luke, chapter 17. Ten lepers had cried out to the...

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Tarnished Mirrors

It was very early on a Saturday morning and I could hear my sister, Leisha, already rattling around in the kitchen, making coffee. By the time I got downstairs she was pouring the hot liquid into a thermos. A map of the town was on the counter and a strip of newspaper...

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Marcia Lee Laycock