Archive for January, 2006

Another Ronald James Baker??

Friday, January 13th, 2006

I’ve been preparing a sermon on the legacy we leave behind.

So, I googled my full name – “Ronald James Baker”.  There was someone in the states who died at 52 (my age) – his obituary was on-line.  Another one was the first faculty member at Simon Fraser University and ended up a president of a University in the Maritimes.

My personal favourite!  Ronald James Baker, whose high school yearbook proclaimed that he “plans to drive a hot bulldozer.”  Check it out here!

Oh, the things we want to be known for!!

A legacy of healing

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Am I helping them to live or to die?

That is a question I ask as I deal with cancer patients (patience may be a more applicable term). 

Day by day the certainty of cells still fighting the cancer becomes less certain.  Tests reveal progress — sometimes positive, other times negative. 

I have sat with a lady who about ten years ago had a polished head, balder than mine!  She has since had a child, been clear of cancer and now lives an active life.  I have sat with a brother whose cancer engulfed him only three years after biking across Canada.  His death was this past summer.

I pray with people to exhibit joy in suffering, strength in pain and hope for the future.  For some the future is a certainty, soon in another realm.  For others the current body will continue to fight.  Sometimes I sense an urge to continue to pray for current healing.  For others I pray for release to eternal healing.

For all tonight I pray for a greater sense of God’s presence and his pleasure.

A shower of blessings!

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Tuesday night our daughter had a baby shower.  In Prince Albert.

This was to be a “money” shower!  The idea was to provide enough to buy a crib.  She got enough to buy more than one crib, plus some gifts were also brought.

The shower saw around 47 ladies attend.  I’m not a “shower goer”, but I understand that is a good showing.

Some came to see Jill, others for the baby’s sake.  We had driven up on Tuesday afternoon and headed back Wednesday morning.  A quick visit (sorry we didn’t get to see all of you in PA!).

Back on Wednesday night, I was invited to attend a Kindersley Junior Klippers hockey game.  They lost 3-1, but just being in the rink was enjoyable.  The crowd was small (Klippers are not on a winning streak).  As someone mentioned – this is when the true fans hang out!

97% or Who Runs Your Heart?

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Today we ventured to the Heart Pacemaker Clinic in Saskatoon — two hours in, two hours back!

This year, we celebrate 35 years of battery power for Jill’s heart.  The technician checked the current battery’s status and functioning.  With the printout comes an assessment of who’s running her heart.  3% of the time, her heart is on its own!  97% of the time battery powered electrical impulses keep her blood running and her heart ticking.

Got me to thinking!

Who powers my heart?  Figuratively! 

How much of the time do I run on my own power?  How much of the time does God’s power take over? 

Let me be honest!    Some days I think I dip down into the lower percentages.  And other days I find the joy of the higher regions.  

Am I at 97%?  Probably not!  I hope I’m edging that way, because I would love to be a 100 percenter!!!


Bunny Trails

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Two days ago we saw the Bunny!!

When it snowed back in the fall (imagine, I can even remember back that far!) we saw pawprints.

Two big, then two small, hopped over by two big, then two small paws.  Our imaginations started creating images of what this creature was.  I knew it wasn’t dappled, like one Josiah saw!  He had to be big, tall, a hare of some sort.

Then we saw him.  Out the window of the back door.  I rushed to get my camera but was too late.  He’s too fast for me. 

He’s here!  But where is he?

An hour's walk – insurance and free rentals!

Friday, January 6th, 2006

The weather has been above zero degrees Celsius.

So what better thing than in the late afternoon to head downtown.  We are within two blocks of the main street – the air was crisp but not chilly.  After the added pounds of Christmas a walk is always good!

At the post office a discussion is overheard about insurance coverage.  One party has received a payment for basement repairs.  Another did not qualify although their circumstances were basically the same.  One small lie and the repairs could have been paid by insurance.  In our day and age, I’m always surprised at how many do not lie – and sometimes at how many do!!

As we wandered past our local “Movie Gallery” the sign says, “free weekend rental” – one per day.  We ventured in and were informed that this was indeed true.  The interesting thing is that the clerk had memorized the spiel.  It was more fun listening to her rhyme it off, than actually finding out we could get a free rental. 

I almost feel like returning, just to torment her!    “Can I really get a free rental?”

Seeker Sensitive progresses to Hospitality Sensitive

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

If a church is hospitable, does that serve as the best approach to our current culture? 

This is the old argument of market driven versus people driven church services. 

Check here for a well written article that will capture your thoughts and give you reason to consider the hospitality driven church.

Sorrow multicolored

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.”

Some days you run across something on the net!

Today it was a short excerpt from a poem quoted on a website by Nancy Nordenson, found in the section where she gives her daily quotes:

 “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” by John Vance Cheney, (1848 – 1922) an Amercian poet and librarian – not a bad combination!

I immediately started a further search of the net and found the complete poem.  It appears that the quote is from his poem “Tears” – not a bad approach to sorrow and tough times.

Not in the time of pleasure
Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
Over the vale of woe.

Through gloom and shadow look we
On beyond the years!
The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears.

  • The Century Vol. 44, Issue 4 (August 1892)

You asked for it!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

A grandfather should never be asked more than once!  So, here is a picture of Christopher at Christmas.

She's Engaged

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Our daugther Allison was engaged to Scott Opseth on New Year’s Eve!  Wedding date to be finalized.

Stay tuned for further details!!!!!