Today, my lovely wife Gail and I celebrate 15 years of marriage as we received the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, July 8, 2000 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond on a beautiful and sunny day.
On our 15th wedding anniversary, here are 15 things I’ve learned about through marriage; they are all essential aspects of our union. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and some of the things might not ring true for other couples.
But these are things that I believe we hold true and dear to our hearts. Some of these things I’ve learned directly from Gail, other things more indirectly. She may have even learned a thing or two from me. And we’ve learned many of these things together as a couple.
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A month ago I wrote about Matt Maher and his new song “Because He Lives”.
I’m thrilled to share our rendition of the song; a powerful proclamation of the life that we have because of Jesus.
This cover features Joseph San Jose, Monica Lou Ponce, and Marion Cheah. I’m impressed by their talent and musicianship, but more importantly by their faithfulness and humility.
I hope you enjoy listening and watching this as much as we enjoyed recording it.
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Name drop alert: most people know that I’m friends with Christian songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher. Mind you, we’re not best friends, but we’re friends nonetheless. He answers my texts once in a while, so in my book, we’re friends. :p
He’s my favourite worship leader for many reasons. Ever since I met him in 1995, I’ve been impressed by his talent, his faithfulness, and his humility. He’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.
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“He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease” – John 3:30
My favourite worship leader is Matt Maher. Among the many reasons why (in no particular order): he’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.
Among his many endearing and inspiring qualities is his humility. He always ensures that the worship is about Him and not him. I’ve seen him leading 18,000 youth in spirited praise only to quietly walk off the stage without fanfare so as to not interrupt the worship. Matt doesn’t need the adulation…and when he does receive it he is quick to direct it all to God.
Matt literally and figuratively becomes invisible when he leads worship. And it’s a beautiful thing.
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Tonight I will be going to watch our Vancouver Whitecaps host the LA Galaxy at BC Place in some MLS (Major League Soccer) action. There has been a considerable buzz around the city for the last couple of days because of one player: David Beckham.
One may argue that Beckham’s best soccer days are behind him (being left off the British Olympic Soccer Team is a clear indication) but his appeal is undeniable: along with Tiger Woods he is arguably the world’s most renown athlete. And despite the Galaxy also having all-stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane on its roster, the Galaxy goes as Beckham goes.
So it’s not surprising that almost all of the media focus has been on Beckham – it’s even triggered a debate as to whether or not they should open up more seats for the game that’s officially sold out. It got me thinking about what it would be like to be one of the other Galaxy players; to have the media circus follow the team wherever you went. Would I enjoy it? Would I be resentful or jealous? Would I accept it as part of the job?
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