July 2020

Romans 8:28:  “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This week’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans is one of my favourite passages of scripture.  I quote it often.  God works for good in “all” things.  Not just in some things;  but in “all” things! It is the phrase “in all things” that sometimes gives me pause and wonder.  Really God, in all things?  Maybe that is where our faith is suppose to kick into action.  However, sometimes it is hard to see how...

Matthew 13:  24-30 & 36-43 This week’s Gospel reading from Matthew is the familiar passage about the wheat and the tares or as the newer Bible versions translate it:  the parable of the wheat and the weeds. Sue is the gardener in our family.  She tells me what to pull, what to leave;  especially in the early spring.  I am just as likely to pull the good stuff out.  In fact I did that this spring thinking I was pulling up weeds where in reality I was pulling out the new growth that was coming up.  I can identify with the first...

Romans 8:1-11      10 years ago I had heart surgery and leading up to the surgery I wore a Nitro Patch each day.  Well, I heard a story of a heart patient who had visited his cardiologist for his two-week follow-up appointment.  He informed the doctor that he was having trouble with one of his medications.  "Which one?" asked the doctor?  "The patch," the man replied, "the nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and I’ve run out of places to put it”. The doctor was flabbergasted.  He had the patient quickly undress.  The man had...

Romans 8:1-11      10 years ago I had heart surgery and leading up to the surgery I wore a Nitro Patch each day.  Well, I heard a story of a heart patient who had visited his cardiologist for his two-week follow-up appointment.  He informed the doctor that he was having trouble with one of his medications.  "Which one?" asked the doctor?  "The patch," the man replied, "the nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and I’ve run out of places to put it”. The doctor was flabbergasted.  He had the patient quickly undress.  The man had...

Merv's Musings Matthew 11:25-30 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  For My Yoke is easy and my burden is light. A yoke might be considered a strange illustration for us in our 21st century mind set.  Though some of us may remember using wooden yokes.  A few years ago, a friend who grew up in Northwestern Ontario, told me of her experience with yokes when she was a child.  She would go down to the lake to get drinking water and carry two pails up to their house using a...