Archive for September, 2010

Police and Pastors

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Today I sat down with our new staff sergeant at our local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.  Our discussions ranged from drug and alcohol use and abuse in town to the local church.

In this case, the head of our local police was also once a pastor.  He also attended an Alliance church previously.  There is a possibility that he will attend our church.

As I look over the town, I have had a number of opportunities to sit with our social services people over the last while (believe it or not, police do factor into that whole segment of the professional population).  I am enjoying encouraging them in their work and pointing them to God.  Perhaps, for such a time as this, I have been called. 

Always nice to feel called and to enjoy the call at the same time!

Amazing!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

This morning my wife is serving as secretary at the church while our regular secretary is on holidays.

The task for the morning was to type in some words to a song – Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin. Her fingers flew over the keyboard. And us older age people are inspired as she wrote:

Amazing Grace, my chins are gone!!

The week end

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I’m trying to turn Thursdays into my day off.  So the week end feels more like the mid-week.

I’ve often wondered how shift workers survived.  For years my father worked shift.  Looking back, I always figured that his Sundays should be a day off.  So I would expect him to take part in the activities of the day – when he might be rushing off to a night shift soon.

But somehow dad was there for us.  He must have spent some days prying his eyes open.  My appreciation grows even more as I have passed from being a father – and knowing how tough it is to be always present for your children – to now being a grandfather and realizing the toll that constant activity has on a body as you get older.

All that to say – come Thursday I’ll take my week end.  And enjoy it!

Off to a birthday party

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

So, Matthew and I have the same birthday.

Since we arrived back in Kindersley we have tried to celebrate our birthdays together.  That has meant in house parties and bowling parties.  We like bowling!

Tonight we will venture over to the bowling alley.  Matthew has turned nine, I’m turning 57.  We’ll both see who is more spritely, more active, more their age!!

Oh, what fun!

From a friend

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Cal and I have been friends for four decades.  We have been through many things together.  In some ways our friendship has been that which is found in the following YouTube video.  Cal certainly felt that – he was the one who sent the link.

The birthday!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I let out that today was my birthday.  Just for the fun of it.  And it has been fun!

We met with our seniors group today.  My wife prepared the food for the group.  I told them I was glad they had come to my birthday party.

When I arrived home I checked Facebook – there were a few dozen happy birthdays.  With gracious comments and those that talked of how old I was getting to be!  57 today – and ready for more years to come.

And tonight I’m home vegging out doing nothing in particular.

It’s been a good day. 

How does the fall fall?

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Good.

While the farmers are struggling with downgraded crops, or none at all.  While oilfield personnel are wishing they could traverse their heavy vehicles across flooded lands.  While the weather forecasts rain again tomorrow. . .

There is an attitude of expectancy.

What has God got in store for us when all our comfortable supports are floating away? 

My guess? 

Lots.

The attitude of a day off

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This is becoming a habit – taking a day off.

More for sanity and rest than anything else.  I spent a 14 hour day yesterday – all good and well.  But by the end of the day I was tired.  Good tired, but still tired.

So, I set up today to be an actual day off.  No stepping into the office to perform church duties.

Instead, I continued on an adventure to fulfil the last will and testament of a friend.  I checked out a project we have been working on as a church.  I had an extended conversation with a pastor friend.  I watched a movie we had borrowed from someone else.  I trimmed down a door so it closed well.  I joined my wife in delivering a meal.  I walked across the road to help a new neighbour unpack a few things.

In all, this was a good day.  Although some of the activities were church related, I did not feel at all constrained to do “the work of the ministry”.  What fun!  May more days of rest be just that!

A day of re-examining

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I like to be busy.  I thrive on adventure and vision.  But I also wear down.

Today I canceled a few additional activities over the next few days.  I also planned a day off.  The past few weeks have seen partial days off, but something has generally inserted itself into my schedule.

Well, we’ll see how Thursday goes.  I’ve already set part of the day apart to have supper with friends, and to do some non-church related work.

Should be fun.  And restful.

But for the moment, life will continue on at break-neck pace.

Playground in place

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

One of our schools, Elizabeth School, are in a two day project to put up playground equipment.  At 8:00 this morning some of us headed over to help.  There were many more than were expected. 

What fun!  An overseer directed us.  I was only available until noon but went back for a minute this evening.  Seemed to be well on the way.  They will be cementing it in place.

Elizabeth work day, September 11, 2010