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An Easter Detour

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I have very fond memories of Frank Rice. On another detour from the trail we visited his grave where I had conducted the interment of his remains more than twenty years ago. When I was young and he was old, or at least what seemed old at the time, we'd served together at Blythwood Road. Before that he too had been on the pastoral team of Yorkminster Park. We covered a lot of the same territory though forty years apart. As we stood in silence at his grave I remembered him telling stories with warmth and wit. And what tales Frank had to tell. He was the son of missionaries and had been to McMaster in an earlier era after which he had served churches in Ottawa and Toronto and other spots. He'd been the President of our denomination and had been a leader in the early days of Camp Kwasind. There was so much wisdom in those anecdotes of his. I find it sad to think of Frank and others like him, true saints who along with their stories seem all but forgotten. But today I felt his smile and heard his laughter. There is one who remembers us! Easter week is a good week to visit the graves of our true saints, because they really are smiling.

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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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