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Monday Musings 14/11/11


Last Friday, I went to IBQ (Institute Biblique Quebec) to work for the day.  IBQ has kindly given me access to an office two days a week while I am in Canada.  It allows me to have a change of scenery from my home office and gives me the opportunity to interact with staff and students.  The other benefit, it gets me out of MJ’s hair two days a week.

Before beginning my work day, I set my phone alarm to 11 a.m., knowing full well that if I didn’t, I would get entrenched in my work and forget to remember those who fought for our freedom.  Sure enough, at 11 a.m. sharp, the alarm went off.  I stood up from my computer, stood at attention in the office, and remembered our Canadian soldiers, past and present.  Standing in silence, I found myself thanking God for all of those who gave their lives so that we today could enjoy such freedom.  It gave me an opportunity to once again thank God for my own father who served as a Canadian soldier in WWII.

For a moment, I was glad that IBQ was quiet on 11/11/11 as anybody walking by may have thought it strange that someone would be standing at attention in an office all by himself.  Then I got thinking, so what if someone walked by, I should not be embarrassed when taking a moment to remember those who have faithfully served our country.

I am reminded of a blog I wrote on November 22, 2010.  Here is an excerpt:

“This weekend I stayed in a hotel in Trenton, Ontario.  CFB Trenton is the airbase where fallen heroes first arrive upon their return to Canadian soil.

Sunday, the friends I was with took me to the road at CFB Trenton where the repatriations begin.  We followed the road to the 401, now known as the Highway of Heroes.  It was sobering and surreal to follow the path of the fallen heroes.  And to see houses along the way displaying Canadian flags made me feel so proud to be a Canadian!

We must never forget those who have fought for our freedom in the past.  My father was one of those who left Canadian soil during WWII to defend our freedom as a nation.  And we must continue to remember those who presently serve our country with distinction in an effort to maintain peace around the world. “

Until next Monday…


Taking risks for Kingdom impact!




  • Maury Blair

    November 22, 2011

    It is so awesome Don, to look into the rear view mirror of our lives as you have this week. I have visited my mom’s grave in Paris Ontario which is beside my stepfathers and think of the marvelous grace of God that salvaged my hopeless life. I thank God for your ministry and the doors He has opened for you and for the years of friendship we have shared. God bless you Don, keep up the great work. Hope we will cross paths sometime it would be great to share and have coffee and maybe even a bucket of water!! We have started shooting our small version of the Child of Woe movie and hope it will be done sometime in the New Year,I will keep you posted. Sincerely in Christ, Maury

    • rtcblog

      November 23, 2011

      Hi Maury,

      So nice to hear from you. How I would love to connect for a coffee and bucket of water!

      Can’t wait to see the movie. Keep me posted.



  • Doug Torrance/Polly Marks-Torrance

    December 1, 2011

    Hi Don! Polly and I returned to ‘The Promised Land’…Eastern Ontario in Feb. after ten years of ministry in Saskatchewan. While there, we had the awesome priviledge to minister to my nephew and his wife. He is currently based at CFB Brandon, Man. and has survived two deployments in Afghanistan, one in Bosnia and several other troubled locations throughout the world. Having both a Dad and Father-in-law (both with the Lord) serving in WW2, Polly and I are both somewhat sensitized to the need for us to continue to pray for and encourage our vets and their families! We often tend to take so much for granted, without realizing that freedom costs…such is the lesson of our Saviour! Anyhow…enjoyed your blog and only recently discovered Polly has it on ‘favourites’. Should you find yourselves anywhere near Wellington, do call! Would love to ‘do coffee’ and remember old Youth stories of Eastern Ontario and Quebec so many decades ago!!!

    • rtcblog

      December 2, 2011

      Hi Doug,

      So nice to hear from you! It has been a long time since Eastern Ontario days. I was out in Saskatchewan preaching at Living Waters Camp this summer. Wish we could have connected.

      Would be happy to do the coffee thing in the new year.

      Blessings to you and Polly!



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