You know you are known

You know you are known when you can rhyme off connections with those in front of you.

I was leading a hymn sing at our local senior’s home yesterday, and mentioned that my mother had turned 87 a few weeks ago.

There in front of me was a friend of hers from the early 1950’s, who had worked with her at the hospital.  To one side was another friend whose son was there with her. 

As I continued throughout the room, there was a lady whom I had met over 40 years ago, whose husband’s and son’s funerals I had officiated.  My pianist has been someone I have know for over 40 years. 

Each time I mentioned a name, the activities director shook her head.  Somehow I had just taken these things for granted – she hadn’t known!

You know you are known . . .

The cabinet thing

I’m in the midst of rebuilding some cabinets for the library in our house.

Saying library doesn’t really explain the area!

Our library is the size of a small bedroom, to be used as a study, reading area and work surface.  The cabinets are salvaged from ReStore. 

Unfortunately in the move, the inevitable happened when working with article board.  The staples failed, the corners fell apart and the generally the whole thing needed rebuilt.

Taking apart the structure was no problem.  Then came the measuring to be sure the foundation of the project would remain the same.  I exchanged our as much of the particle board trusses for wood as was feasible.  I added some more backing and front image pieces.  In the end – the product will not be bad!

And now for the bad news.  No pictures today – a final day is approaching when all will be revealed!

The Internet is a dark place

I was an early adopter of the internet – back when it wasn’t even called the internet.  Staying abreast of all that is happening . . . that’s another question.  I am not a Luddite (check that out on Google).  I am also not a naive fan.

As with any new technology, there is the good and the bad.

Most often we want to hear the bad first.

Like, being charged three times on a credit card for what should have been one transaction.  For all the fixes that you can get from customer service and other service providers, the hacker is more than likely still loose.

Or, the blog posting software is being hacked across a number of platforms – yours is potentially one.  So, a fix for the many interrupts the programming you had in place.  Now you have to reprogram – after a bit of frustration trying to figure out the problem.

Or, the foreign gift offerings of millions of dollars if you will only give them access to your bank account.

Or, searching for an item on-line, and finding when you turn to your facebook account, an advertizement appears which would fulfil your previous search.

The good news?

While I struggle to discern when fake news arises, I now use Google to solve many immediate problems, or YouTube to give me directions.  I can quickly contact someone.  I can even send pictures of a recent event to interested parties.

What God has created, we get to manage and have dominion over. 

Great Weekend

My sister was in town – with her husband.

From Oregon.

Saturday night we joined with the “crazy aunties”, another sister and a cousin for an uproarious time.  The talking filled all the space in the room for all the time we had together. 

Then Sunday we had three sets of pastors, their spouses and some of their families for dinner.  We talked about knowing yourself, church and God.  As though they were not work related but rather life related!

And that was the weekend that was.

I’d do it over again in a heartbeat. 

And yes, that type of weekend does make my heart beat!

Things I do for love!

I’m working on two sermons right now. 

Being retired, I get to do many things which I love – or am coming to love!

Such diverse things as renovations, cooking meals, washing clothes, organizing things (OK, that’s been just plain fun since I was in grade school), and write.  My sermons are just my way of writing what I’m thinking – except organized!

The first sermon stretches me – the topic is “What should I boast about?”.  From Jeremiah 9:23-24. 

Boast in knowing God and obeying God – not power, riches or wisdom.  The last one is the hard one – I’ve always liked the thought, now that my hair is gone up top, that I still have something else up there that is worth it (whatever “it” is)!

The other comes from the narrative of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found in the Old Testament Book of Daniel.  When I read a story, I get all sorts of ideas.

Off the top, there are such topics as:  Names they kept, food they ate, loyalty they demonstrated, friends they chose, God who rescues, place for everyone.  Not a bad set of thoughts when you consider they were the oppressed/conquered ones.

Any other thoughts – feel free to comment!

A year later

Well, we have our approval for occupancy of our renovation!

Us a year ago.

Now the siding is done. No exposed holes in the basement. The hardwood floors are all redone. Makeover of the inside – gutting both floors and installing a basement (ICF – 9 foot tall). Refinished doors (not quite done – we figure with labour included we have some doors worth thousands of dollars).

All Good!

Kinderlsey Alliance Church

Just thinking about the rural church I am a part of – Kindersley Alliance Church in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, CANADA.

I was “born into” the church in 1953, my dad sold the farm in the mid 50s, I came back for four years as youth pastor (1976-1980), left for 25 years then back as Senior Pastor (2005-2015), and now I’m retired in this beautiful prairie town.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about rural churches at Ambrose University in Calgary – in the 3:30 – 4:30 time slot – admission is free.

One of the former pastor’s sons is expected to be there (Paul Warnock). Another of the former pastor’s sons lives just outside Calgary ( RobinRod House), another pastor’s son lives a bit north of Calgary (Bob Keith – son of Dennis Keith – who was himself an attender at Kindersley Alliance Church when he was a kid). There are others whose parents pastored the Kindersley Alliance Church (OK, there are a lot of “kids” out there).

And then some of those who have gone into vocational ministry – ones that I have been around over the years include (but not restricted to) – Laura Kornelson, Wayne Neumiller, Richard Reinhart, Mark Bergen, Mark Francisco and more. If you go back to the beginning of the church you find some Crockers, and Ruffs, and Grahams, and Thorntons and . . .

And then there are those that are active in their local churches – I won’t try to name them all. Some of them have been active over the years in the Kindersley Alliance church – others have moved into other places around the world.

BTW – I’m hoping to write a history on Kindersley Alliance Church in this next while – any anecdotes you can provide would be helpful.

Interesting what comes out of small town Saskatchewan.

The devil’s got all the good music?

Here are a few lines from a song written by Hoozier (2014 – From Eden).

A comment on the song from genius.com. “The point of view is of the devil looking at something innocent and seeing it as a missing part. The song tries to woo a woman while admitting that the relationship would be deeply flawed.”

Some great word pictures – maybe a little too close to how the devil pictures the world.

Idealism sits in prison,

Chivalry fell on his sword

Innocence died screaming

Honey, ask me, I should know

I slithered here from Eden

Just to sit outside your door