Archive for July, 2008

Camp Day

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Thursday was our assigned day to work in the kitchen at Luseland Bible Camp.  This week is the senior teens week.  A great bunch of kids, just over 20 registered. 

Lunch was pizza, supper was BBQed hamburgers.  Morning breakfast even had oatmeal!  No one starves and many enjoy a week of “teen” food.

There are regular activities and crafts.  A tuck time to eat junk food.  And a few fun activities like the “slip and slide” below!

Slip and slide luseland july 31, 2008 

Slip and slide luseland 001 july 31, 2008

Japan thoughts

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

That was the title of a blog I wrote two years ago.  We met with two missionaries and planned ways to link with them in their work in Japan.  The thinking is still ongoing, but the progress seems small.  We have prayed for them.  We have had them speak at the church.  We’ve posted their letters.  But more is needed.  I’m wondering what God has in store for us in the coming  year!

Latest on Dad?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Well, I just heard that Dad is probably being transferred to Rosetown today.  He ate well this morning.  I guess they figure he’s good enough to ship down the road.  And we’ll be glad to see him a little closer!

Cell phone dilemma

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

This afternoon I had the great privilege of joining a group of seniors for “coffee”.  One of our loved seniors had been living in a rural manor a ways from Kindersley.  Doreen has just returned.

So, party time!!  The selected spot was the Kindersley Inn.  I changed to my party clothes and took off.

Today I have no car.  My transportation was my bike.  The wind blew me there quite comfortably.  The ride back was a little less enjoyable (have you ever noticed that sand, when blown hard enough, turns into a beautiful wavy pattern?).

Upon entering the house I emptied my pockets.  No cell phone.

Now, I knew I had charged the phone earlier, and had placed it in my pocket.  Since then I had ridden, first to the post office and then to the cafe. 

I jumped on my bike and retraced my path.  No phone.

With a bit of fatigue catching up to me, I stepped into the house. 

Now, sometimes the brain works best when least expected.  I took our land line phone and dialed the cell phone number.  I heard a slight ringing.  After four tries I tracked down the cell phone.

Where? In the pocket of the blue jeans I had worn to the post office.  Unfortunately a change was not as good as a rest this time around! 

Doing well after surgery

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

He looks good!  There is some color in my dad’s face and his mind is thinking well.  Some nausea, but that can be expected after surgery.

Dad hospital july 29 2008  

Yesterday I drove to Saskatoon in the late afternoon and spent about an hour with dad.  He talked of a Scrabble game he is part of online, about some visitors who had dropped in, and about how he was feeling.  He dangled his legs over the bed today, sat in a wheelchair and got some rest.  Overall the signs are good, says his nurse.  In a few days he’ll probably be transferred back to Rosetown  where he will do physio and recovery.

That’s a good start!

Listening to a debate!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Recently Paul Young, writer of “The Shack”, spoke at my brother-in-law’s church.  I picked up the podcast and listened to it.

When Paul was at Canadian Bible College (same time as my wife and I), he was a great storyteller.  Jill and I laughed and nodded in agreement as he talked of some of his experiences.  Some of his experiences came close to home — he spoke of friends and situations that we knew.  That was fun!!

So, today I took a look for a bit more on Paul.  I ran across an “apologist” who has a podcast of an interview he did with Paul.  Even as I’m listening right now, I’m being amazed.  Paul is a great apologist.  And he is actually listenable.  I would have very quickly jumped in and probably yelled and screamed.  Paul kept his head and heart.

I guess that pushes me to look at the way I work with other people. I can tend to be impatient.  I can tend not to trust God to work in people’s life.  It’s all things I need to work on.  And I say these things in humility and a recognition that God is in the business of transforming people.  May that be so!!

Out of surgery

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Word from my sister.  Dad is out of surgery.  Wasn’t a long one.  And he is doing well.

Headed into surgery

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Just one of those quick posts!

Dad just headed into surgery around 6:30 pm.  Hopefully we’ll have news in the next few hours.  Let’s see tomorrow how things are going!

Surgery is on the way!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

My son and I took a quick trip into Saskatoon Saturday night.  We visited with my dad at the Royal University Hospital.  They were just in the process of moving him from an emergency bed to a regular room (5603). 

Apparently he has a fracture in his left hip.  Surgery is planned for Sunday morning.

We drove back and arrived home shortly after midnight.  We’ll probably be looking at a visit or two to Saskatoon in the next few days.  May God inspire continued joy and peace for all during this time.

J.K. Rowling on imagination

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

How do you define imagination?  Today I heard a marvelous approach — slipped into a commencement address at Harvard given by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books (this is not a blog on Harry Potter — I’ll leave those thoughts to another time and place).

Let’s back up a bit.  So, I’m reading the Saskatoon Star Phoenix online (our local “big city paper”).  There is a section on the best YouTube videos of the week.  I’ve found YouTube has an amazing way of making available things that would otherwise remain the purview of very few.  I’m curious so I wander there.  Here is a speech by J.K. Rowling.  Not being a big fan of Harry Potter, but recognizing a storytelling genius, I wanted to see what she had to say (if you do look at the two part video, be sure to get the right ones, some finish 2/3 of the way through and leave you hanging).

She spoke on failure.  That all of us will fail.  Here answer was that none of us can truly do life on our own — and then affirms that at the rock bottom of failure we find our true selves are able to survive.  Unfortunately she implies that we can become our own saviors.  If life never launches from rock bottom, can we still be content?  OK, I’m getting at the need for a greater savior than ourselves.

Then she turns to imagination.  This she attaches to her experience in working as a researcher with Amnesty International.  We have the ability to see beyond what we experience to that which could be.  We can help to change the world.  I agree, if we begin from the right foundation!

And here is the definition, which I wish was written in dictionaries — “To learn and understand without having experienced”.  Imagination is more than  just fairy tales — an idea will affect our actions.  And so,  in casting around in our grey matter for pictures and principles we have not lived, we begin to realize that which could be lived.  And by the grace of God, we discern where we should be and what we should be about.

And now, to Him, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him and for his sake be the credit and the glory through those who consciously are joined to His community and through the working of His Savior  (Jesus Christ), both expressed and experienced from the beginning and until the end of time.

And I guess you can add an AMEN to that!