The Beauty of Diversity

Peggy Byland

Read: Acts 2:1-13 And at this sound the multitude came together . . .  (v. 6) There is a stone on Drummond Island, unique in its appearance and formation. Formed long ago from sediment dispersed with the erosion of larger rocks, this conglomerate of red and brown jasper pebbles, mixed with white quartz and cemented with sandstone, forms what is known as “puddingstone.” Named by English settlers about 1840, this unusual rock formation, composed of many diverse elements, reminded them …

Working Together

Peggy Byland

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (v. 12) The Drummond Island Ferry crosses the St. Marys River from DeTour to Drummond Island and back several times every day, all year round. Over 100,000 round-trip vehicle tickets and nearly 200,000 round-trip passenger tickets are purchased each year. The ferry is a necessary link across one …

Silence

Peggy Byland

Read: Psalm 62:5-7 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (v. 5) Spending time in DeTour, Michigan, means time spent out of doors. One sunny day, Isa and I walked the DeTour State Forest Campground trail to St. Vital Point. Much of the trail wandered through forests, but every so often the trail opened onto a deserted, beautiful, sandy beach. It was on one of those beaches that I unhooked Isa’s leash …

A Long, Dark Night

Peggy Byland

Read: John 1:1-18 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (v. 14) The day began sunny and calm, but as the sun rose in the sky so did the wind. The leaves shook on the trees and the branches bent. The waves swelled on DeTour Passage. I stopped at the salon to get my hair trimmed and returned …

Word Gifts

Peggy Byland

Read: Proverbs 16:20-24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (v. 24) Behind the Manse, a large historic home in DeTour, Michigan, two or three wild apple trees bear ample fruit in the fall; enough to feed a flock of Canada geese and the man in the blue truck who stopped by early mornings to rake his share of the crop. The geese were easily deterred from apple pecking when Isa bounded …

Lord of the Wind and the Sea

Peggy Byland

Read: Matthew 8:23-27 Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (v. 26) My dog Isa and I often walked to our favorite place in DeTour Village: the DeTour State Harbor. This harbor on the St. Marys River is a place of refuge for sailing and motor boats traveling the river and the Great Lakes. Known today as the “Gateway to the North Channel,” the straits at DeTour provide passage along the …