Hanabi Rei

Hanabi ReiOkay, I admit it. I am proud of my daughter, Raewyn. She is preparing to go Japan during November and December, as a short-term missionary. “Hanabi Rei” is her chosen Japanese name.

There is so much I could say, but I’ll let her speak for herself. [Read more…]

Near the Cross

Vagle Brothers 2011 - (l-r) Mark, Royle, Neil, Tim

Vagle Brothers 2011 – (l-r) Mark, Royle, Neil, Tim

A few days ago my Aunt Pat asked me if I could find the hymn, Near the Cross, and post it on my Facebook profile.

On YouTube, I found no shortage of versions, and started listening to find the one I liked best. [Read more…]

Have Thine Own Way

Adelaide A. PollardLately we’ve been singing many of my old favourite hymns in both our morning and evening service at church. This one is especially meaningful for me.

Wikipedia says, “In 1902, Adelaide A. Pollard, a hymn writer, was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary but found herself unable to raise the needed funds to make the journey. Greatly discouraged, she attended a prayer service one evening and as she sat there, she overheard an elderly woman say [Read more…]

Lost and Found

black glossy women's handbagLost and Found

For decades I carried my birth certificate, social insurance number, and Alberta health care card in my wallet. I never had a problem with that, and I never misplaced them. [Read more…]

It Is Well With My Soul

Horatio_SpaffordIt isn’t often we sing the same hymn twice in one Sunday, but we did today. One of my favourites, and one of the most beautiful hymns I know, it also has one of the saddest stories behind the writing of it.

Horatio Spofford lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and in an economic downturn in 1873. He and his family were to travel to Europe, but at the last minute he was delayed on business, and sent his wife and four little girls on ahead. [Read more…]