“Mara at Midnight”

This moonless night As sightless stars dance blindly On this obsidian lake A solitary figure stands Motionless upon the shore Defiant Against the inexorable waves arrayed like armies on the surface of the waters Pulsing, moving in the futility of an eternal attack and retreat Endlessly advancing with wave upon wave of kinetic fury, andContinue reading ““Mara at Midnight””

Long Weekends, Cottage Traffic, and Family Memories: Who Can Detect Their Errors? Not Me, Apparently.

“As the cruiser lights flashed blue and red, I pulled over. Deep inside, I sensed my smug self-righteousness ebbing away, exposing a hollow anxiety. The worst part was wondering where I could have gone wrong, accompanied by a fear of undetected errors, hidden only from myself. I had tried so hard to do everything right,Continue reading “Long Weekends, Cottage Traffic, and Family Memories: Who Can Detect Their Errors? Not Me, Apparently.”

Money, Sex and Power

The Physicist Isaac Newton discovered our modern understanding of a ‘Force’ in natural physics. The Old Testament prince–Solomon the seventh son of King David–understood that, just like a force in the natural world of science, social forces like money, sex, and power do no stop until they face an equal or greater force that opposesContinue reading “Money, Sex and Power”

Grief and Gratitude: A Celebration of a Life Well Lived

“When you’re driving, you’re always looking in two directions at once: back through the mirror, and forwards into the future. And life is like that: we look back in grief, but also forward with gratitude”

“Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’ (But, I’m Makin’ Good Time)”

Well, the bottom of my mind is like an unmade bed With half-drawn conclusions rollin’ ’round in my head Some say I’m indecisive, but I can’t say…. I’m reserving my opinion for another day Well, I don’t know where I’m goin’, But I’m makin’ good time I’ve been searchin’ for my baby, movin’ town toContinue reading ““Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’ (But, I’m Makin’ Good Time)””

Sunday Solace from the Podium: Sunday Morning Message for July 5, 2021

Online Spoken Word St. Paul’s United Church, Bowmanville Ontario Canada Becoming the Stories We Tell: A Message of National Identity, Hope and Healing in Honour of Canada Day, 2021. Scripture Passage: Mark 6: 1 – 13 (TIB) After leaving there, Jesus came into his own town, followed by the disciples. When the Sabbath came, heContinue reading “Sunday Solace from the Podium: Sunday Morning Message for July 5, 2021”


“How are the cows doing, Erron?” Daddy always said the same thing when he came into the barn, and Erron’s reply was always the same: “Great, Daddy, just great!” Erron loved helping Daddy with the chores in the barn. Ever since he was little, Erron watched Daddy feed the cows, adjust the settings on theContinue reading “Prodigal”

“Dad Can’t Frinkin’ Drive”

Creative Unfiction by Doug Ferris “My dad can’t frinkin’ drive,” the little girl said flatly. The comment, coming from the mouth of my four-year-old niece, caught me off guard. She watched me steadily through clear blue eyes, patiently awaiting a measured response. I stared back, uncomprehending.   “What was that?” I faltered. Usually a shy and polite littleContinue reading ““Dad Can’t Frinkin’ Drive””

Lenten Reflection Day 9 with wisdom from Oswald Chambers’ classic daily devotional “My Utmost for His Highest”, 1935.

“I will most gladly spend and be spent for you” (II Cor 12:15) Natural love expects some return, but Paul says ‘I do not care if you love me or not– Jesus was rich but for your sakes he became poor’. The real test is not preaching the gospel but washing another’s feet. We serveContinue reading “Lenten Reflection Day 9 with wisdom from Oswald Chambers’ classic daily devotional “My Utmost for His Highest”, 1935.”

Lenten Reflection Day 26: “Have a Message, and Be One.”

A natural heart will serve, but only a repentant heart, broken by Christ, a renewed heart, baptized by the Spirit, and a responsive heart crumpled by God’s purpose becomes a sacrament of it’s message.

Have we offered our lives as a sacrament to become broken bread and poured out wine for God’s kingdom work?

The Pandemic Haircut–Taking Covid’s Fog of Stupidity to the Next Level

She looked on the bright side and said, “Well, you can always put on your checkered pyjama pants and that old sweater. At least then you can go around town getting discounts.”
Now, that’s wisdom.

God in the Wild Places

In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

Citations & References

Unless otherwise attributed and where noted (NRSV), all scriptural quotations and references on dougferris.ca are courtesy of The New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV) copyright 1989 by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission, all rights reserved worldwide. Unless otherwise attributed and where noted (TIB),Continue reading “Citations & References”