Leaf and Blade

It was a very cold day in December 2018 and Pastor Edwar Dethan visited us briefly at home to teach me a song he had written and that he wanted some accompaniment for at his mission presentation slated later that week, here in Lincoln ON.

Coming in from Timor Indonesia and not being used to our climate he was still stiff and shivering as he quickly picked up a freezing borrowed guitar and could hardly play a note.

None the less he left us with a very wonderful little song based on Lord’s Day 10 from the Heidelberg Catechism that nearly anyone can learn to play.

Now as we live at a time when many are looking for things to teach or do with their stay at home children I thought this might be of interest to some.

For an interesting variation play the D and Em chords in the 5th and 7th position.

Now do you see ….how nothing comes by chance?


My wife and I took a small hike at Ball’s Falls In Vineland Ont, to the Upper Falls on March 24-2020.

We were impatient for spring and looking for some sign of it in the form of buds or leaves or anything!

Like everyone else we were impatient for the COVID 19 quarantine to end, but unlike many, we had a beautiful isolated place that we could go to and avoid any potentially dangerous contact with anyone.

This is a small video clip of our tiny trek with some background music in the form of Psalm 84.

” LORD, one day in your dwelling place is better than a thousand days outside the courts of your salvation.” has a little more poetic & practical poignancy today.


This past summer we had an extended family camping at a local park. I used a GoPro camera to capture one of our camp fires as the evening fell.

Today is March 21, 2020 and it seems as though the world has changed completely. As I work and live in isolation, safely in a warm home, I count my many blessings and remember many fond memories of the past.

We are currently witnessing the outbreak of what appears to be a world wide Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Time will tell how this event will turn large or small but I know the One that turns all events.



This could be one of the top 10 favourite Psalms that are sung and played in the Canadian Reformed Churches.

The words are beautiful, very comforting and the melody supports the versification nicely.

It’s quite easy to play and sing.

Try using the ‘Melody and Animation’ video on the left to get started