Archive for October, 2012

On the road again!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

This week is definitely on the road.  I began on Tuesday with a ride in to Saskatoon for our Senior Pastor’s Network.  The overnight retreat was great, refreshing and done in time to head home for our children’s club tonight.

Tomorrow morning I plan on being out of the house bright and early.  My goal is to be in Calgary by 11:00 (a four hour drive).  I’ll hang around Calgary area for a day or two and then head home early on Saturday morning.

Such travel used to drain both Jill and I.  Now I find the time in the car refreshing.  I play CD’s or just quietly think.  Those activities are rejuvenating for me. 

So tomorrow morning early I will be facing the west as I watch the sunrise from my rearview mirror.  Pray for safe travel and a great time at the inauguration of our President at our denominational school (Ambrose University College).

The Block Party

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Yes, they showed up.  32 strong.  And in fine form.  10 kids and teens.  22 adults.  Noisy and fun.  Great food and exquisite dessert!  With a game of killer UNO to finish the evening.  And then they all helped to put the place back together. 

What fun.  I’d do it again.  There are rumours that a summer block party will happen.  We’ll pull portable fire pits onto the street.  And have games for the kids.  And enjoy ourselves. 

How good is that!

Block Party October 27, 2012

The mind is occupied

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

I awake this morning with a few things on my mind.  I recently told someone that I was having a fairly “free” day – few appointments and few responsibilities.

To which they replied that my mind wasn’t going to slow down.

I think they know me well. 

I awoke this morning to thoughts of a block party, widowhood, clean bathrooms, wash and shopping.  That was just in the first few minutes.  Then off on such topics as these next few days travel – to Unity (an hour away) for a banquet on Sunday night, to Saskatoon Tuesday and Wednesday for a Senior Pastor’s Network meeting, and to Calgary on Thursday and Friday for the inauguration of the President of Ambrose University College.

And now I’m sitting in front of this computer screen as the sun rises and I thank God for all his goodness to me.  Adversity spawns new life.  New life is never easy nor does it generate the same responses as in the past.  But new life is just that – “new” and “life”!

I choose to believe that God has more than I can ask or think in store for me.  All I need to do is walk through the doors with him and see what he has on the shelves!

My living room

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Block Party tomorrow night!

That means that I will be having about 35 people over for a supper meal.  Which means I have to have space.  Which means moving all sorts of things out of the living room.  Which means – I’m looking over a few tables and chairs as I write this – no couches, no rugs, no . . .

That is the fun of it all!  And here is the dessert menu provided by a pastry chef.  You might want to show up!

  • Cream puffs with lemon Bavarian cream filling
  • Cappuccino and chocolate torte
  • Marbled caramel chocolate slice
  • Mini Red Velvet cupcakes
  • Mini pumpkin cheesecake
  • Mini cherry cheesecake
  • Fruit tartlets with chocolate pastry
  • Mini coconut chiffon pies
  • Tiramisu petit fours

The Choir

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Some things in life just energize you.

Like leading a choir.  Or moderating an all candidates forum.  Or hosting a dinner.  Or leading a hymn sing.  These are all things that I’m seeing in a new light.

Yesterday I had the first practice with a youth choir at our local high school.

Now, I can tend to be enthusiastic when I’m involved in something I love.  And boisterous.  And loud.  Which can get me into trouble.  At the same time, there is a sense in the group that this could be fun.  The response is enthusiasm as well. 

I think we had that with the choir.  We tried one Christmas song.  Easy arrangement.  Then just threw in a different rhythm.  By then the noon hour practice time was done.

Way too quickly.

Next meeting?  Monday at noon.  Should be fun!

Snow Day

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I’ve realized the benefit of fitness.  When you shovel snow four times in one day, either you are laid up for the next week or you are feeling quite well.

I’m somewhere in between. 

I do ride a stationery bike each day (for 20 minutes or so).  I do enjoy a bit of walking during the day (not as much as would be good for me).  And I am trying to eat following the regimen I had set up a few years ago:  select food, small portions and no snacks after eight.

As I write this, I’m glad darkness is still upon the earth.  At least I’m not feeling guilty.

I can’t see whether I need to shovel the walk again!!

Warned and warning

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

So, last night a Calgaryite warned me that snow was on the way.  My mother-in-law, in Belleville, Ontario, mentioned that what we get comes their way in a few days.

I awoke to white on the ground.  It was not covering the ground around 1:00 in the morning.  Amazing how these things creep up (or is that fall down) on us.

Outside to shovel the driveway earlier this morning.  Thankfully I had scooped up some leaves and checked my eavestroughs yesterday.  And had made sure my snow shovels were easily accessible. 

Not really expecting the white flakes to fall. 

But here they are.  Winter is come and the season of dormancy is upon us.  Out of this will grow the beauty of Spring. 

I know of the days of Winter.  All of us have battled through periods in our lives.  Resurrection will come!  Thanks be to God!


Sunday, October 21st, 2012

A few months ago I began a sermon series on following hard after God.  My associate then had a four week series on listening to God – mostly on prophecy. 

As I contemplated where to head next, the idea of friendship arose.  Of course, I’m in a whole “new normal”.  Friendships I have had for years are now being reevaluated – both on my part and on the part of others. 

For many years it was always – Jill and Ron.  Now it’s – Ron.  Where Jill carried a friendship, I have had to decide whether to step up my involvement or trust God to provide others to do that.  Where I have been the primary initiator in the friendship, I have had to decide what is appropriate to continue.

Which has brought me to the matter of the core of friendship.  I am finding that those I talk to – those who have suffered loss in different ways – are quick to point out that we have to start with God.  That we have to return to our first love – Jesus.  That’s the foundation.

So today, I’m going to try and explain that in my sermon.  Pray with and for me as the words flow and the ideas go out to others.

The Name

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

A grandson can’t be nameless long.

Scott and Alli poured over names, discussed and decided.

Thomas Cooper Opseth, born on October 18th to proud parents, Scott and Allison Opseth!

Thomas is Scott’s middle name.  May Thomas grow to be a man of integrity and loyalty as his father is!

Cooper was Jill’s maiden name.  May Thomas grow to be a person of love and compassion as his grandmother was!

God’s blessings!

Grandpa again!

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Well, my daughter Allison had her third child on Thursday, October 18th at 9:50 in the morning.  7 lbs. 1/2 oz., 20 3/4 inches long (got to love the places metric has never gone!).  The family is doing very well!New kid on the block with opseth family - oct 18, 2012

And so is Grandpa!

Grandpa with new kid on the block - October 18, 2012