Today was an eventful day for me. At lunch, my friend Phyllis called to tell me the sad news that her father passed away last week. We enjoyed a nice 20-minute chat (including me giving some song suggestions for the funeral mass) and I assured her that my family and I would pray for the repose of her father’s soul and for her entire family.
Ironically, I talked to Phyllis while I was on my way to a “Celebration of Life” for Peter Swinton, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers – where I worked from 1995 to 2002. Peter tragically passed away earlier this month from a biking accident. St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church was jam-packed, a wonderful testament to just how well-loved and respected he was.
Although I never got to work with Peter directly, all of the speakers at the service reinforced what I knew of him: he was kind, fun, humble, intelligent, playful, and loyal. He was an outstanding leader and devoted husband and father.
As I look ahead to 2013 and back at 2012, I wanted to share with you 10 of my favourite blogs and videos from the past year. As you will see, it’s a nice mix of family, ministry, and the Vancouver Canucks. Enjoy!
(For the written blogs, click on the title to read them).
This was my most-viewed blog of the year and for good reason. Sean left me a total of 23 text messages imploring me to bring some toilet paper up to him. The messages were a nice mix of ALL CAPS orders and emoticons. It turned out that there was a full roll next to him in the bathroom that he didn’t see. Ultimately, I’m glad he didn’t…otherwise we wouldn’t have this beauty of a blog.
Much has been made in the last couple of days about the Passion Vancouver event that took place at Rogers Arena last Friday evening and in particular the prayer for concussed-Canuck Daniel Sedin led by the founder of the Passion Movement, Louie Giglio.
And while a couple of blogs have done a decent job of presenting and analyzing what happened, I can offer you a perspective that they can’t: a first-hand account as I was present at the event. Not only was I in attendance at the Passion event, I also attended a pre-event dinner hosted by Louie. But more on that later.