Archive for September, 2008

Sadness

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days I have heard of marriage separations and ill advised decisions.  Not only heard of, but heard directly — from the “horse’s mouth”.

This is more than just the usual daily fare.  These have come piling in, more long the line of a summit of sadness, rather than a mole hill of distractions.

My heart has been punched and pummeled on behalf of others.  Some have accepted my offers of support, others are not sure they are ready to change.  And others?  I don’t know what to do.

So, pray for those around you.  Pray that they will be strong.  Pray that they will be humble.  Pray that they will accept help.  Pray that they will seek counsel.  Pray that God will break in where no one else can. 

And then, pray one more time, because now the only prayer left is one of helplessness and complete trust in God.  Just where we need to be!  Because when the answer comes, only God can get the credit.

When others can

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I’ve been pushing.  A few more things each day.

Perhaps its part of the start up season of life, or a desire to take another step forwards — particularly in church work.

Today I watched as one of those who had taken on a little bit of my puzzle completed an initial task.  The job done was better than I could have done — in less time. 

When others can, let them!

F&ST

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Here in Kindersley we do “kids” with different approaches.

The church is not the only place where children are considered precious.  In fact, our surrounding community has always had a great concern for their own.

Recently the schools tried a new approach to provide parental training.  They have combined this with a meal and fun for the children.  Meanwhile parents have practical training sessions.  These are called Family & School Together (F&ST) sessions.

For the past three years our elders board at our church has volunteered.  This means we help serve a meal, we set up tables, we talk to people.  And we are not in charge, we are just there to say, “How can we help?”

Sometimes the most Christian thing we can do is to say just that — “How can we help?”  I seem to remember this idea that we are to love our neighbours.  Perhaps the place to start is serving.

As I come to the end of the day

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Today I met with a young couple.  Just in the midst of figuring out who each other is.  Just out of high school.  Just in love.

How refreshing!  You can plug into their enthusiasm and enjoyment, and not even drain them.

So we sat and “coffeed”.  As the time finished I blessed them.  From the conversation I picked out a few highlights  and affirmed each one individually.  That was fun.

Oh, and on the side they gave me encouragement to get into Facebook more.  Since I’m moving to work more with youth, I can see this would be useful.  But I understand the interface has just changed.  There was some frustration expressed.  At 2:00 in the morning things were fine, but later in the morning Facebook’s look had changed.  Have any of you noticed this?

The coffee time was a highlight of the day.  Maybe having youth around is well worth the time!

Transplant blog

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Our young friend, Donovan, now has his own blog.  Or, rather, his mother is running a blog about his upcoming lung transplant.  Try it out at www.donovanstransplantjourney.blogspot.com.

Burn on or Burn out

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

For the last few weeks I’ve been busy.  With this and that.  I’ve been waiting for the crash. 

For a few hours the doubts and fears have arisen.  And then there is encouragement, or rest or hope arising.  I’ve seen a number of opportunities arise from what looked like shambles.

And so, I’m watching myself.  I’m asking my wife and others to watch over me as well.  And most of all, I’m passing on my reliance to God. 

Over at my father’s today, he has a saying on the bulletin board.  In essence it says that God is in control, so let go of what you think is yours to handle and leave the responsibility to Him.  Goes along with some scripture, if I remember Philippians 4 rightly!  And I Peter 5!  And a whole host of other words written in the Good (God) Book!

Not a bad thought!

A fun video of the Bible

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

From a friend!  Just to help you get through the Bible in a minute.  One of those marvelous YOUTUBE things.  Two guys with their own percussion.  Try it here.

Photos in miniature

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Today at Walmart I made a discovery.

You see, I had well over 300 pictures I wanted to get printed.  The idea was to “storyboard” a powerpoint for presentation on Sunday. 

My idea?  Get pictures printed, shift them around, finally come up with a plausible story line.

Originally the thought was to get full 4×6 prints done.  But then I saw “miniature” prints.  Not knowing what that meant, I decided to be adventurous.  It looked like nine pictures would fit on a 4×6 print.  Perfect for what I was about!  The storyboard would be a useful size (I might need a magnifying glass . . .). 

So I plunged in, got nine photos on 44 pages and paid less than $10.00.  For a skin flint such as I, that amounted to a probable saving of $70.00. 

Now, flush with money, maybe I can afford that magnifying glass!

A quick trip!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Yesterday the road to Saskatoon beckoned.  Or rather, a sick friend. 

Donovan Gobeil is in need of transplanted lungs.  He has had Cystic Fibrosis.   Since birth and now at 20 he’s on a respirator with an infection.  The infection needs to be cleared and a transplant given.  Otherwise the disease could claim his life soon.

So, we headed to Saskatoon.  Upon arrival we found that he was heavily sedated and unable to respond to a visit.  Instead we visited with his brother and sisters — and with the parents, Beth and Laurier.

These are not easy times.

For me, I have been helped by another set of friends who came to do a concert.  What enjoyment!  And a needed uplift.  Saturday morning I had cried as I prayed over our breakfast — saddened by Donovan’s current state.  Rick Lett, our concert giver, knows the family well.  His presence was a real encouragement — and his music (accompanied by two of his children) was special.

Lett family concert, September 7, 2008

God is good!  Even in the tough times.

A $30.00 car

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Alf and Art with 30.00 car, 1938 small

Take a good look.  You may never see this again!!  For further details see the blog on the Kindersley Alliance Church website.