Thursday, March 20

A LETTER FROM PAUL “According to the Grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder, I laid a foundation and someone else is building on it.  Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid. … [Read more…]

Wednesday, March 19

I’VE BEEN HERE ALL MY LIFE I have been a member of St. Stephen’s my whole life.  When my sister and I were young my mother taught us to say our daily prayers.  I was baptized here in 1946 and made all my sacraments here.  Growing up I attended church every Sunday until my mid … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 18

Some years ago, before I was a Christian, before I became the wife of Leveille, mother of Eden and Indra and the daughter in law of Lucinda –I know that’s how most people know me- I was the single mother of Max and struggling.  I had just begun my faith journey, was newly entering the St … [Read more…]

Monday, March 17

GLORY TO HIS NAME I have a very long story but I’ll make it as brief as I possibly can – I wrote a hymn called  “Glory to His Name” sang it to Bruce – Organist and Choir Director and joined the St. Stephen’s Choir – along with being a part of the pastoral care Team … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 15

NEEDING HELP TO SAY GOODBYE When my mother was dying of lung cancer, I took a Family Medical leave to spend the last five weeks of her life with her.  Day after day, I sat by her bed as she withered away.  After several weeks I was emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted.  I went for … [Read more…]

Friday, March 14

LETTING GO OF OLD LIFE TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW LIFE In Canada I learned that farmers occasionally set fire to the fields.  That may seem a destructive act, but farmers know it is a way to renew the fields.  The ashes of last season mix into the soil and in time produce a richer, … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 13

HELP ALL YEAR LONG… ESPECIALLY AT LENT! Hi, I’m Alice McFarlane.  We have a lot to work on when Lent arrives — we have lost two of our cousins and we are coping as best we can with Jane’s difficulties.  As far back as I can remember, St. Stephen’s has always been a very big … [Read more…]

Wednesday, March 12

GOD WAS TAKING CARE OF ME A year ago I went through the “valley of the shadow of death.”   I was in a coma but I remember that I was lying down in a beautiful green pasture – so peaceful. Now I have come back to life, thanks to so many prayers from my St. … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 11

SINGING SOLO The only solo singing I ever did was Hansel in a long-ago “Hansel and Gretel.”  My sister was Gretel.  Every Christmas Eve the choir has a Carol sing before service.  Last Saturday we had a snowstorm.  Luckily, someone plowed us out.  I had no excuse not to attend church.  But I was the … [Read more…]

Monday, March 10

“SMALL” MIRACLES On the last morning of our stay at the Jersey Shore, we checked out of our motel to spend a few more hours on the beach before heading home.  By mid-afternoon, we made our way to the stairs leading up to the boardwalk, pausing at the cold water shower on the beach to … [Read more…]