I was the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C for 31 years, from 1987 to 2018. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials For the past 31 years, I have been privileged to write over 500 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Ontario. My book For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship, coauthored with Janice Hird, can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Better-Worse-Discovering-lasting-relationship/dp/0978202236/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1535555614&sr=8-1 My sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a signed copy in North America of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', Blue Sky, or God's Firestarters, please send a $25 etransfer to email@example.com . Cheques are also acceptable.
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August 13, 2009 at 9:45 am
That made me cry, Ed. God doesn’t need thunder and lightning, does he? He just knows who He wants.
August 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm
Well put, Gina. God really does love us. It is wonderful when our heart and mind opens to this truth.
November 9, 2012 at 11:44 am
Hello Ed, It is nice to visit your blog. It is wonderful that so many people read it. God bless and thanks again for speaking at my dad’s memorial service. I hope to see you again some time in Vancouver or somewhere else here on earth. By then, maybe I will be driving! ~ Meredith
August 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Lovely! Thanks for sharing this story. My daddy has always been active in church, but was never verbally demonstrative about his faith. He is 90, has a form of Alzheimer’s, and just recently began singing “Jesus loves me” every time my mother visits him . . .
August 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm
I am sure, Beth, that this touches you and your mother very deeply to hear your father sing that amazing song. Music can go to the depths in remarkable ways.
In Christ, Ed+
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August 18, 2009 at 6:09 am
punctilious post. due one unimportant where I bicker with it. I am emailing you in detail.
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August 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Your review some background of the hymn “Jesus Loves Me” is interesting, and I enjoyed your personal reminiscences as well. (Today is actually the 185th anniversary of Anna Warner’s birth.) However, you erred in one particular. Miss Warner’s song was not written for the Sunday School she led–though it may have been used there. It was written for her sister Susan to use in the novel Say and Seal. A Sunday School teacher in the novel sang it to a sick pupil.
August 31, 2009 at 2:13 pm
Thank you so much, Robert, for your helpful comments. I have just incorporated your insight about Susan’s book into a revised version of my article.
September 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story of “Jesus Loves Me.” Anna and Susan Warner are the only two civilians (women too) buried in the Old Cadet Cemetery. My oldest son, Captain Robert Gordon, graduated from West Point in 2002. He played football for Army, and many times I escaped Michie Stadium to visit their grave sites so beautifully positioned facing the Hudson River and Constitution Island. The words to Jesus Loves Me are craved on Anna’s gravestone. Also their home on Constitution Island is a historic preservation (not a restoration) until recently it was open to the public. This year is was closed as the cornerstone is crumbling and is in need of funding for repairs. As a songwriter, I have spent time studying Anna and Susan’s life, made several trips to the Island and have written 4 children’s books (not yet published) and several new songs based upon this most beloved hymn. When I speak to groups I love to tell their story to inspire all of us to know we can leave a holy legacy in simple words of truth…… that transcend time. One of my dreams is to see their story made into a beautiful movie…. like a Hallmark Hall of Fame…… it is so deserving…….so rich and steeped in Godly American history.
September 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your insightful comments. It must be a privilege to visit their gravesites. Yes, it would be great to see their story made into a movie.
In Christ, Ed Hird+
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July 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Thank you Ed for the effort put into this presentation. This is certainly one of the perrenial hymns of so many of us. Yes, I too am always moved deeply at the sublime truth this song conveys. What a sweet oasis on the journey of life. Grace to you.
August 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm
I was a little six year old in 1946 when I was in the audience of Lawrence Welk. He asked me if I had a request and I asked for my favorite song – “Jesus Loves Me”. He wouldn’t do it for that adult audience! Fast forward 66 years and a cool Jazz musician at a Sunday Brunch place here in Blowing Rock, NC asked me the same question. I gave him the same answer. Did you ever hear that sweet melody played with lots of wonderful, cool jazz riffs threading through? Sublime! Every face in the restaurant had a big smile as the realization of what they were hearing hit each person. It was a very special moment and now my all time favorite band leader is Tod Wright!
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