Downtown Toronto…

The good part about going back into the office to work is seeing familiar Toronto downtown sights. Often time in the past while commuting to work in the mornings or returning home in the evenings I have rarely bothered to take in the sights. Today while getting into work I stopped and paused and took out my phone to take a few pictures. I said ‘thank you Lord’ and I made a conscious effort to marvel at the beautiful sights of the City that I have grown to call home. I did the same while returning home, not bothered by the few commuters who glanced my way while eagerly scuttling home. I now have a new appreciation for my City that was mostly shuttered and ghosted in the past two years.


Hebrew 11:10 - For he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.




Christmas trees…

Walk around the city this time of the year, and you will come across Christmas trees of all shapes, colours, sizes and themes. The malls vie with each other to have Christmas trees that are either the largest or tallest or most unique, such as the Swarovski tree with its crystal baubles, the tallest Christmas tree, the all silver decorated tree, and the poinsettia Christmas tree, which is by far my favourite of them all! Nothing puts a greater spell on the magic of Christmas quite like a Christmas tree.




Isaiah 9:6-7

For to Us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Hanging on…

On a morning walk I took these pictures of trees on opposite sides of the street. While some trees lost their leaves quickly to the winds, others held on tightly to their leaves. It made me ruminate on how we can respond to adversity, we can choose to let go or hang tight to life and it’s goodness.


Joshua 1:9 -Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 

Early Morning…

If you want to experience calm and beauty before the hustle and bustle of the day sets in, then I suggest you do an early morning walk. It gives you time to thank and praise God, gives you a sense of purpose, allows you to get your mind in order, helps you to focus, exercise or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the first moments of the day.


Psalm 57:8 - Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.



Wild Mushrooms…

While on a trail to Hatchery Falls in scenic Muskoka, I came across the most beautiful mushrooms that took me back to my childhood, fairy tales, elves and toadstools. I am convinced that whoever wrote these tales visited such places. I love the smell of damp earth, the springy feel as you walk on trails formed by years of fallen bark and paths that feel almost cork-like, the mossy expanses on the barks of trees, the sounds of the leaves rustling in the quietness of the woods and the coolness of a break-out-sweat that follows after a long walk. The best environment for growth of these mushrooms are the damp and moist undergrowth. However, don’t be fooled by their beautiful colours, apparently some of them are poisonous.


1 Corinthians 3:16 - Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?