A Whale of a Storm

It seemed that whenever Dad and I swapped stories about the time we spent together at sea we always wound up talking about storms.   We’d talk about how rough it got, how long it lasted, how sick Denn was.   I began making trips with Dad on the tugs when I was fourteen, when…

The Story of a Pearl

He had it all, at least on the surface.  A good business, a fine family, status in the community.  He had everything it would appear, but not quite enough.  Some men craved after gold or silver or jewels, not this man.  Those things were all so cold and inanimate, forged and moulded deep inside an…

A Story of Change

For seven of the eight parables that Jesus began with the line “The Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God is like. . .”  he used everyday events that were happening around those he was teaching, outside, but in one instance he took them out of the fields and vineyards, away from the sea…

A Story of Weeds

If I could grow flowers like I grow weeds we would have the most awesome gardens in Kingswood. I’ve kind of given up on weed control.   I’m through, I quit, I’ve thrown in the towel, they’ve won. Ever since the municipality and then the province banned chemical weed control it’s been a losing battle.  I’ve…

The Story of a Seed

It was the end of August in 1979. I was a 19-year-old fisherman on the herring seiner Rali 2 out of Paspébiac, Quebec. Don’t ask why a crew from Saint John and Grand Manan were crewing a seiner from Quebec, it’s a long story. We had spent the summer in the Bay of Fundy and…

The Story of a Treasure

It is a serendipitous story, which is a story about serendipity. Serendipity, isn’t that a great word?  It is probably one of my favourite words. In 2004 it was included in a list of the ten hardest English words to translate. You know what serendipity means right?  Serendipity means an unplanned fortuitous discovery.  And if…

Praying for Canada

It was his custom to start his day with prayer and Scripture reading. And that morning was no exception; he felt that before he attended to the business of his country that first, he must attend to the business of his soul.  And as he read from God’s word his heart and eyes were drawn…

Promise of a Return

It was March 21st, 1942 standing in the Terowie Train Station in South Australia, following his retreat from the Philippines that General Douglas MacArthur promised the people of the Philippines "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".   And he did.  Two and a half years later, after wading ashore on the Island of Leyte,…

The Promise of the Father

In an effort to be environmentally aware, this Father’s Day I’ve decided to embrace the ethos of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Most of you know that my Dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and many of you are aware that I conducted Dad’s funeral and preached at it. As I was working on…

The Promise of Peace

Do you remember praying as a child?  Do you remember the words that you prayed?  Let’s try it together: “Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take.”   In retrospect a little creepy, but…