Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Quip

It isn't even funny
when I forget to think
I open my mouth - it's out
as fast as you can blink

Sometimes it's just the humor
or comeback or retort
other times it's more than that
the simple, honest sort

Too fast to be conniving
or thoughtless to your need
It's witty, fun - a joke b'y
a quip it is indeed!

(c) Beverly Nippard, February 14, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer

Before I go to sleep at night
I say a little prayer
That God will protect my family
And keep them in his care.

I do not pray for riches
Of the earthly kind
But for wisdom, and knowledge
That they are on His mind

I pray that God will place a hedge
Around them every day
To protect from sin and sorrow
And keep Satan at bay

I pray that God will guard their minds
From Satan’s evil tricks
To recall God’s Word from their heart
Where, hopefully, it sticks

I pray that God will place someone
Alongside them in their path
To remind them of God’s love
And then about His wrath

I pray that since I can’t be there
That God would put some worker
To water the seeds that have
Already been planted there

I pray the Spirit would remind
 Them that He’s very near
And come much closer still
When we say His name so dear

I pray that my family
Would most of all
Be ready to answer
When they hear the Master call.

(c) Beverly Nippard, June 23, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

On November 11, as members of a free and democratic country, we gather around to pay our respect to thousands of soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend the principles we now uphold.  On Remembrance Day we watch as veterans lay a wreath in remembrance of their buddies who never returned from the war and those who survived with deep emotional and physical scars.  They paid a great price for our freedom.
On the first Sunday of each month on the church calendar we gather around and remember someone who died that we might be free.  He is not an unknown soldier.   He is Jesus Christ the Son of God.  Isaiah tells us “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that the gospel that he preached, which we have received and by which we stand, by which we are saved,  we keep in memory how Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.  If we don’t keep this in memory, our believing is in vain.
We keep these things in mind by following the example set for us in 1 Corinthians 11.  “That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord=s death till he come.”
This was to be Jesus’ last meal with His disciples before the agony of the cross.  No one would ever go through what Jesus was about to go through to redeem lost humanity.  It was for this reason that Jesus wanted to have this last fellowship with them.  Yet, it was more than just fellowship.  Luke 22:15 points to a greater purpose for this final shared meal.  Jesus said “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.”
After their meal, Jesus explained to the disciples the symbolism of the Communion elements.  In simple yet profound words Jesus told them the bread represented His body and the fruit of the vine represented His blood.  This was the last time on earth Jesus would eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  But it would not be the last time for the disciples nor for all believers from that day to this.  Jesus was instituting the ordinance of Holy Communion when he said “This do in remembrance of me.”
This ordinance of the church called Holy Communion is also known as the Lord’s Supper.  Its purpose is to remember the Lord’s death and resurrection until He returns.  It is a time of reverence and self-examination that offers Christians an opportunity to strengthen their walk with God.
Christ gave us this ordinance that we might ever be reminded of the blessings that He wants us to enjoy now and through eternity.  Lest we forget.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

First Snow Fall 2015

This is what I saw when I looked out my bedroom window this morning, October 17, 2015.  The first snowfall for the season, just as predicted.  Not surprisingly, most Labradorians now have visions of skis, snowshoes, snowblowers and sleds dancing in their heads. As the day progressed, shovels were out and snowsleds were heard zooming down the path between the trees beyond the fence.

For me, however, this scene is peaceful, somewhat comforting.  The white sparkling snow covering the dark earth in a bright, clean blanket reminds me of the Holy Spirit that falls softly on humanity covering us with His comforting presence. When Jesus rose from the dead and was preparing to ascend into heaven he promised to send The Comforter to be with us. 

In John 14:26 (Amplified Bible) It says this:
26 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name[in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

We don't ever have to be lonely, helpless, weak or distraught again.  Isn't that a peaceful, comforting thought?

Thursday, October 15, 2015


I've always been an independent thinker and have rarely voted the same as my family and friends. This election, however, I know I must vote, but I can't see anyone to vote for. 

I know there have been many changes over the years to political parties and their platforms. I don't let tradition and the way it was always done, dictate to me how I vote. As a Christian, I will vote for life and for a party that will stand up for family values. I will vote for a party that will not back down on its stand with and for Israel. I will vote for a political party that vows to work at keeping us safe against terrorism. There is one party right now that, for the most part, does reflect my beliefs but I have no confidence in the national leader or the local candidate for that party.  I'm really in a dilemma here.

I will not be bullied by anyone into not voting for a particular party, or to not vote at all. Personally, I find that a slap in the face of our freedom. So many countries are crying for democracy. We have the awesome privilege to vote, and not voting is an absolute shame.

I will say this though: please do not vote for a particular party just because it is popular among your family, friends or media. Please do not vote for a particular party because it's always been done that way. But please DO familiarize yourself with the issues. Decide on what is important to you, and VOTE!

Friday, October 09, 2015



Clear blue sky; the sun shines down
On you and me and all around
Glist’ning here and there like glitter glue
On my granddaughter’s picture that she drew

Colourful leaves are drifting down
Covering grass and all the ground
The white picket fence is brighter too
The house and shed looking like new

But sunshine makes shadows fall
Against the house, along the wall
Dancing branches, trees that sway
A royal show now on display

The shadows begin to lengthen
As the sun sets in the west
It’s bright- red widening glow
Leaves gentle warmth on my breast

(c) Beverly Nippard
     October 9, 2015