prayer

2017 November

Unanswered prayers and the unexpected things in life

2017-11-13T12:20:46-04:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

The young lady was my heart’s desire. She was my long-time prayer. This, when I was a much younger version of myself. It was on the 11th day of the 11th month when her letter arrived. She wrote briefly and dispassionately. Her words drained the room of colour.

2016 October

On gardening, grace and writing

2018-02-20T21:38:20-04:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, October 8, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Someone (a writer, naturally) once said that writing is like prayer. Prayer, it seems to me, is like gardening. I’ve struggled with all three. The small garden behind our African home is testament to this. Many seasons it’s been a disappointing annoyance. Nearby trees steal valuable sunlight and nutrients. I suppose the space should never have been chosen to start.

2015 April

Dark news on Good Friday

2017-07-18T02:30:57-04:00April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

The horrible news of the attack at Garissa University College in neighbouring Kenya came shortly after we, as a family, attended Good Friday services this morning. The al-Shabab attack that killed at least 147, not far from the Somalian border, was in an area known for its instability, at a relatively small and certainly vulnerable [...]

2015 February

What’s better than wine and stronger than death?

2017-07-18T02:40:35-04:00February 14th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

When you're an 11-year-old and a boy in your class asks you to go out and it's the day before Valentine's Day and he even gives you a rose, what's a girl to do? This was the situation yesterday for Liz. Of course, it takes great courage for a boy to muster all it takes [...]

2014 October

On adoption, giving thanks and growing young

2017-07-19T00:31:55-04:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

She's  hardly a perfect girl, but there is one thing about our adopted daughter, Hannah, she can say things from time to time that show just how profoundly thankful she is to be in our family. Even at her young age -- she's just 8 -- she knows enough about her own story. On the [...]

2014 June

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

2017-07-19T01:02:54-04:00June 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 [...]