God’s nature

2018 March

From an instrument of pain to a symbol of healing power

2018-07-15T17:04:53+00:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

It was a Friday some 2,000 years ago and he was a hardened criminal with a sorry life. For what it was worth, that life must have played before his mind’s eye like a regrettable movie. He was dying by asphyxiation, lack of oxygen. This is how criminals, would-be revolutionaries

2016 March

Friends and family

2017-07-18T01:14:38+00:00March 11th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It was this morning and we had just left the kids at school. And we (my cousin and her husband, along with my wife’s cousin -- the three of them visiting from Canada) were at the club, in the entranceway going in, and he (a Swiss gentleman living in Uganda) was, by chance, coming down [...]

2015 December

The Pope is cool. He’s like a grandpa. Long live the Pope.

2017-07-18T01:43:52+00:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Hannah says "The Pope is cool” and Liz says “He’s like a grandpa.” Which means that he would have to be a Dad. Which means (let’s just pretend) that he would have to be married. Which leads me to a recent excerpt on said Pope, this excerpt from a recent column: In truth, I can easily picture [...]

2014 December

The Story – 2 – Under your loving wings

2017-07-18T17:41:26+00:00December 4th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We are a story, a living story, if we are anything, and this is one reason, maybe the best, why stories will never go out of fashion. In my own family, much of our time together revolves around stories. We read them every night and often the children read more on their beds, flashlights in hand, [...]

2014 August

Grieving Robin Williams. His bus rides home.

2017-07-19T00:51:49+00:00August 12th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

The scene is a snowy one and there is a bus travelling down the road. And as the bus roars along, these are the thoughts – you can hear them right inside his head – of the traveller aboard. He’s looking, with all his pain and hope too, out the bus window. “All of life [...]

2014 July

Celebrating an old life lost. And a young one with joy.

2017-07-19T00:57:45+00:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By the time I came home that day there were already six vehicles in front of the tiny condo that is our neighbour’s – an ambulance, a fire truck, two Emergency 911 vehicles and two paramedic trucks – but they could have brought every life-saving unit this side of the moon and it wouldn’t have mattered [...]

2014 June

I believe in you. I love you. I am here.

2017-07-19T01:02:54+00:00June 27th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

They don’t say it in schools in Ontario anymore, of course, but in the day, they did, we all did, day after day, year after year, right alongside the playing of God Save the Queen, the prayer that is The Prayer, the one that is called the Lord’s Prayer. By the time I finished my [...]

2014 May

The valley of the shadow of death

2017-07-19T01:21:36+00:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

The two neighbour boys are 8 and 5 and it looks like their father is about to die. It’s this morning. My kids and I walk to school with them and the boys' mother. The 8-year-old is in Hannah’s class. What can you say? + It’s yesterday evening and we, Mother and I, that is Jean [...]