Author Archives: fromareportersnotebook

About fromareportersnotebook

Former reporter and city editor at The Tribune, Welland, On. Active in various community groups and initiatives, married with two grown children, interested in roses specifically and gardening in general. A collection of previously-written columns was published in book form in the fall of 2013 and is available by contacting the writer at: fromareportersnotebook@gmail.com. It sells for $20.

Morning Offering: 11. 17. 22

Today’s Reflection: God of silence and God of all sound, help me to listen.
Help me to do the deep listening to the sounds of my soul,
waiting to hear your soft voice calling me deeper into you.
Give me attentive ears that begin to separate the noise from the sounds that are you;
you who have been speaking to me and through me my whole life,
for so long that you can seem like background noise.
Today help me hear you anew. — Author Unknown.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 16. 22

Today’s Reflection: Show me your way O Lord; Teach me your path. Guide me in your truth and teach me. You are God my savior, in you I place my trust all day long. —from Psalm 25:4-5
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 15. 22

Today’s Reflection: Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love. — Attributed to Sir Francis Drake, c. 1577
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 14. 22

Today’s Reflection: I wish only to show reverence to all and to convert everyone more by example than by word. — St. Francis of Assisi.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 13. 22

Today’s Reflection: Worth sharing – I was distant from God over the past week, mainly because of the desolation of my soul. Today, I let myself imagine that Jesus is still waiting for me in the same spot I had left Him. I went on a walkabout, and I returned to find He did not leave. — Social media post.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 12. 22

Today’s Reflection: It is more likely that we will take notice of God in the wilderness than we will in the palace — Jackie Hill Perry.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 09. 22

Today’s Reflection: Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns. – Allison Bottke.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 08. 22

Today’s Reflection: Let us celebrate this day not because of the visible sun, but because of him who made this day. — St. Augustine.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.