Month: March 2020

  • In Isolation: March 31, “Dream a Dream”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. I don’t know why. I found myself playing the melody of “Dream a Dream” late last night before calling it a day. There is something about both the simplicity and the depth of Shirley Murray’s words which move […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 30, “Young Apple Trees”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. As I watch and listen to reports of the frightening spread of the virus, I am thinking about all the people whose tomorrow is filled with uncertainty. The quote in this illustration is arguably attributed to Martin Luther […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 29, “I Am”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. One of my long-time favourite titles among the pieces I’ve created with John Oldham is “I Am”. The music has a light bluesy feel to it which seemed to suit the text. The tune came very quickly and […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 28, “Flowers Will Bloom in the Desert”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. I have often thought about the wonderful metaphorical imagery of flowers growing in the desert. People who have witnessed the ‘explosion’ of desert flowers as a super bloom, a predictable seasonal event, or following an unexpected rain nearly […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 27

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. A Letter to the Brechinites March 27, 2020 But I digress… While preparing Wednesday’s “In Isolation” item on the subject of laughter, I couldn’t get this image out of my mind. Some know it as the “laughing Jesus” or […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 26, “An Evening Hymn”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Evening in Plymouth, a port city in Devon, southwest England Fred Kaan (1929-2009) was born in The Netherlands, but offered most of his ministry in England and Switzerland. The Pilgrim Church in Plymouth presented him with one of […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 25, “Give to Us Laughter”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Today’s message was inspired by Walter Farquharson and David Fearon, two retired United Church ministers. Below, I’ve included some of Walter’s comments about the song “Give To Us Laughter” from my website. David frequently sends out strings of […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 24, 2020, “Let Our Earth Be Peaceful”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Shirley Murray wrote these words in response to being asked to write something “short and hopeful” that could be used as part of a prayer liturgy. She suggested that the words could be sung one verse at a […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 23, 2020, “God Help Us When We’re Frightened”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Walter Farquharson grew up outside the tiny community of Zealandia, Saskatchewan. It is one of the smallest communities in the province to have been designated a town. On my website, my writing partners are invited to offer reflections […]

    Read More
  • In Isolation: March 22, 2020, “Simply to Be”

    COVID-19: This time of isolation from family, friends and communities puts a strain on all of our lives. One important family in my life is the choir for which my teammate, Lonnie Moddle, and I provide leadership at Brechin United Church in Nanaimo BC. It didn’t take long to recognize how important the connection with […]

    Read More