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United in Love

by Greg McVeigh

Autumn colours in the Green

When God called me to pursue ordination in the Anglican Church, He also called me to go to a specific place for the next three years of preparation for ministry—Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, in Ambridge Pennsylvania (in the Diocese of Pittsburgh where the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, Bob Duncan, is now seated). I was overjoyed to learn that there was an Anglican seminary that was both theologically orthodox and spiritually alive. Going to Trinity in 1986 was a great adventure for Jen and me and our new baby, Andrew, who was six months old when ... more

Fulfilling God’s Plan

by Greg McVeigh


Soon after I returned to the Lord many years ago, I began to realize that God has a plan and a purpose for my life and for each person’s life. I have, by God’s grace, endeavoured to discover and walk in that plan and to encourage others to do so. This has not been an easy journey as there is resistance both from within myself and from outside myself. Yet God opens unexpected doors and blesses and enables what He initiates. His plans indeed turn out to be good but costly (Jeremiah 29:11-12, Luke 18:28-30).

Others may denigrate or misunderstand ... more

Draw near to God

by Greg McVeigh

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) God is waiting for us to draw near to Him. He will not force us to draw near but when we do He responds. God does not hold grudges as we often do. He is not cold or remote or difficult as people can sometimes be. He is not too busy, preoccupied or overloaded as we often are.

When the prodigal son came to his senses and began his journey back to his father, while still a long way off, his father ran to him and embraced ... more

Keeping things in Perspective

by Greg McVeigh


It’s very easy in life to let things get blown out of proportion. Some people, by their inborn temperament and life experiences, are more prone to ‘catastrophizing’ than others. But anyone can lose perspective and fall into the trap of allowing an issue or problem to become larger in our minds and emotions than it really is. Of course, there are actual catastrophes as we’ve seen all around the world this spring. But often, it is less catastrophic things that can trip us up. As we dwell on the issues troubling us they get magnified. What is the solution? The ... more

Keep your focus on the Goal

by Greg McVeigh

The Pathway

Have you ever noticed when you’re driving that, if you start to focus on something other than the direction in which you want to head, suddenly the car will start to veer off course toward whatever you are looking at? The car goes wherever you focus your attention.

It’s even true with walking. Once, when I was about nine years old, I was walking home with my dad and telling him something about my friend’s house where I had just been visiting. I kept walking as I turned back and pointed and then I turned around and banged right into ... more


by Greg McVeigh

Freedom #2

Everything good that we have comes from God. Whether we realize it or not, we have received it as a gift. We are not the source of anything. God alone is the source. So why is it so hard to actually live as though this is really true? Our fallen natures get in the way.

I’ve been reading a book by Watchman Nee, a Chinese Christian man, entitled “The normal Christian Life”, originally published in 1957. In it he talks about how the human soul has been overdeveloped ever since the Fall of man. At that time the first man ... more

God will make a Way

by Greg McVeigh 3 Responses


Have you ever felt that there was no way forward—that you were at a dead-end and there was no way out? Perhaps you feel that way now. All last night the words to a song kept coming into my mind: “God will make a way”. When I got up this morning I looked up the next lines:

“God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me.”

This song brought me back to a time in my life and ministry when any possible way ... more

Bloom where you are Planted

by Greg McVeigh 1 Response


Wherever you are, God has planted you there for a reason and a season. In your family. In your neighbourhood. In your workplace. At your seniors’ centre. At school. In the hospital or clinic. Playing sports. On the internet. God has you where you are for a purpose.

The Scriptures use the things of the natural world to reveal spiritual truths. Plants and trees and vines are images of our lives because they grow and reproduce themselves through their blossoms and fruit. Once we are joined to Christ through our faith in Him, we are enabled to reproduce His likeness ... more

The Wedding of the Lamb

by Greg McVeigh

Today it is estimated that two billion people saw and heard a Christian Marriage service as Kate and William wed! The first words heard were: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this Company, to join together this man and this woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate signifying unto us the mystical union between Christ and his Church.”

Marriage is the Sign given to us in Creation by God of the intimate relationship that God desires to have with His people. Our Lord Jesus died, rose again ... more

Together in Christ

by Greg McVeigh

[Depiction by Matthias Scheits (c. 1630-1700) of Jesus being recognized by His disciples after the Resurrection in the Breaking of Bread]

On Maundy Thursday, all the ordained folk in our area got together at St. Hilda’s with Bishop Don for the yearly remembrance of the Last Supper and renewal of our ordination vows. As soon as the opening song began, I sensed the Lord had something to say to me and, as I waited, I received very clearly “Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together.” (Psalm 133) I sensed that this is what the Holy ... more