Heroes of Faith

Susan Damon

READ : Hebrews 11:8-16 The parents of John and his wife Randy immigrated to Canada from Holland when they were past 50 years old. John’s father was 60. At a time in life when many people are easing off toward retirement, these folks, mainly for the sake of their children and grandchildren, left their comfortable farm life in Holland to start all over again in a strange country with a strange language. Life in Canada didn’t go as well as …

God's Hand in Everything

Susan Damon

READ : Isaiah 46:3-5 Being 90 years old gives one the advantage of plenty of hindsight. Repeatedly as Berend tells me about his life, he exclaims, “It just had to be that way! I would not have chosen it that way, but that is how it had to be.” As an example, Berend tells me how he met his wife. One night when Berend was 19, his father, at the request of their minister, asked Berend to escort a girl …

Useful Vessels of Clay

Susan Damon

READ : Ephesians 3:14-21 On the opening night of our church’s Easter cantata, it seemed that everything went wrong. Two choir members stumbled on the steps to the platform, the soundtrack trumpet sounded before the “trumpeter” was even on stage and at one point the choir, quartet and the soundtrack accompaniment were all out of synch. Sound problems, lighting problems, coming-in-on-time problems we had them all! Afterwards as we left the sanctuary, some of us choir members looked at each …

Prayer Warriors

Susan Damon

READ : Exodus 17:8-16 After her husband died in an accident, Janna wondered how she could go on. In their 41 years of marriage, she and John had never been apart for more than a few days. She had devoted her life to her husband and children, but now her children were grown and her husband was gone. Why was she still alive? Slowly it came to her. She could still pray! And so she joined the ranks of prayer …

Healing Divisions

Susan Damon

READ : Romans 15:5-7 When the Christian Reformed Church separated from the Reformed Church in Holland in the 1850’s the schism ripped apart families, churches and villages causing deep, long-lasting anger and bitterness. That conflict was carried by Dutch immigrants to North America. We have experienced it in Drayton, Ontario. Sometimes in years past the antagonism was so bad that, when young people from the Reformed and Christian Reformed Churches in Drayton dared to marry, some family members refused to …

"Hey, You're Growing!"

Susan Damon

READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 When Hank died you could see he had meant a great deal to his grandchildren. In his casket they placed a toy tractor and a small stuffed Holstein cow because they knew farming was one of the things “Opa” loved best. And they wrote him letters which they pinned to the casket lid. In her letter, Kadie-Lynn wrote, “When I was little you gave me half a peppermint, but when I got bigger you gave …