Silas Tells His Faith Story

SilasI had the honour of baptizing my son, Silas, this past weekend at our Sunday church service. Below is the faith story that he shared with the congregation:

Hello, my name is Silas Blair. I am 10 years old. I was born in Mississauga, Ontario. I moved to Medicine Hat when I was 8 so my dad could plant Grasslands church. 

I go to school at Notre Dame Academy. I am in grade 6. My favorite thing to do is play baseball and video games. 

I have gone to church pretty much my whole life. I have learned a whole bunch about Jesus. The most important thing I have learned about Jesus is that he loves everybody. To show his love he died on the cross for us. By Jesus dying on the cross we can be forgiven for our sins.

To be forgiven we have to give our life to Jesus. We have to believe and receive Jesus to be a part of God’s family. 

The first time I prayed to receive Jesus I was probably about 6. I did it with my dad. I also did it again at a back yard camp in my neighbourhood here in Medicine Hat when I was 8.

I am a sinner. And everybody else is a sinner. Sorry if that sounds mean, but it's true. When I prayed I asked God to forgive me of my sins. I believe that he has forgiven me. The Bible tells me he did and the Bible is true. Everybody knows that. Well, not everybody. But everybody should know. And I want to tell everybody and prove to everybody that it is.

Today I am getting baptized because I want to show everybody that I am a follower of Jesus.

I will not have a perfect life. Nobody has a perfect life  - like, “I’m going to win every baseball game I play.” But having God in my life is a gift. And that gift will give me eternal life when I die.

While I am still alive the gift means I get to be in God’s family. That means God is my father. I will have a relationship with him by spending time with Him. I will read my Bible and pray which will make our relationship better.

When I play baseball or other things in my life I want God to use me to show my teammates and friends about Him. I want to show them that God has made me a better person and I want Him to use me to show them that Jesus can be their Saviour too.

Thanks for listening.





Today, Ephraim Eli "Super Guy" turns seven. He is such a delightful gift from God. He is creative, imaginative, witty and he can run SUPER-FAST! I thank God daily for allowing me to be Ephraim's dad. My life is better because of this small boy. 

The Tooth Fairy Lives in Australia

Eli-tooth Ephraim lost his first tooth today. He was goofing around with a loose one at breakfast this morning and it just flipped out onto the floor. He was pretty surprised.

Silas told Ephraim that he believes that Andrew Wood is the tooth fairy (it has something to do with the fact that Andrew was at our house the last time Si lost a tooth and found a reward under his pillow).

This fact has Ephraim a bit worried because Andrew is now attending Bible college in Australia. There's very little chance he'll make it to Alberta in time to exchange a tooth for a twoonie!

Quite a Spectacle

Spectacles They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And in the case of nearsightedness, Silas inherited his daddy's genes.

Silas got his first pair of glasses today. After months of complaining that the whiteboard at school was "fuzzy" we finally pulled the trigger on getting corrective lenses.

We had Si's eyes tested a couple of times over the last 18 months, with the diagnosis being that he was borderline in need of glasses. But last week when Si and I were driving down South Boundary road, I asked him if he could see the horses in a field about 200 yards away.

He told me, "Yes, Daddy. I can see them."

Problem was, they weren't horses. They were cows. 

Interestingly, it was my inability to tell the difference between livestock and horses that brought my vision issues to my parents' attention. And just like Silas, I was in the 3rd grade. My parents figured that I was having trouble seeing or I was really dumb (not being able to tell the difference between cows and horses). But because I was a straight-A student, they leaned toward it being a vision issue. And they were correct!