Archive for June, 2013

Absolutely

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

My driving habit, and the many miles I have traveled these past few months, has brought me to a new conclusion.

In a day and age of relativism (where there is no absolute truth), a lot of people disagree!

Have you listened to the talks shows? 

Flipping on the radio during a four hour trip means you can’t seem to miss someone saying something.  About their dog, or the world economy, or floods.

All of the conversations seems to start with the word “absolutely”.   When asked a question, the respondent wants to make a point.  So, they begin with the word “absolutely”. 

This is broad-cast over the airwaves and on the internet to myriads of people.  They insist that the listeners take this as “the truth”.  So they describe the dog as “absolutely” having a better nutritional diet eating a certain type of dog food, or that the economy would be better served removing capitalism, or that the water flow of the floods would be better diverted through storm channels.

Whatever the opinion expressed, there seems to be a need to make this truth for all.  In a day and age when we have shied away from universal truths, our language betrays us.  We need absolute truth!   ABSOLUTELY.

Video of Jill Baker

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

A while back I  had asked my niece, well able and schooled in video presentation, to prepare a video of my past wife, Jill Cooper Baker.  As my niece, Grace Smith, worked through this, we exchanged thoughts.

I was asked what Jill’s favourite verse was.  She had so many, I finally chose the idea from Matthew 22:37 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart . . .”

That characterized Jill.  I never doubted her sincere love for God.  I watched struggles and joys, but there was a stubborn tenacity that always clung to God.  Her spiritual heart may have been scarred from battle, much as her physical heart was bruised from birth.  But  in the battle her heart for God and others became stronger.

And now, she has a new heart as she lives with Jesus in eternal realms.  This life is a foretaste of the life to come.  God guided Jill through this life into the next, sometimes in pain and suffering, other times in joy and triumph.  And now, in a final sense, she can sing a song we sang many times – “It is well with my soul.”

Here is the link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDRdu7P26Vo&feature=youtu.be

Last minute (week) assignments

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Yesterday was 23 days.

Not that I am counting.

For the next while you may find my wedding day preparations creep into this blog.  Interestingly, at the same time, I have received a draft copy of a video I had commissioned on my former wife, Jill.  The scenes and flow are great – I was reminded how much I have to be thankful for, with a great marriage of 35 years! 

I’m always amazing how God can expand a heart to accept another and at the same time make my heart leap with joy for Jill.  Some day I will ask God that question.

So, preparations!

Yesterday I wandered through the house.  Couches were transported out of the house – a new-to-me set of couches will arrive in this next week or two.  As I looked over each room I, once again, took a mental inventory of what was there.  Today I will try to ferret a little deeper and see what is old, duplicated or torn.

I will also do some “head” work.  Organizing all the things that we have done so far to prepare – putting that information in an easy to find place – and making sure that we know where we should plant our feet next.

So, on to the next assignment!  Which room was that?

Old Ways

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

There is much to be said for habit. 

But when your habits are disturbed, there is much to be said for flexibility.

Today I headed out to my car.  Which is always parked in the garage.  Which door is directly in front of me as I head out of my kitchen.

Otherwise I have to detour to my left to head out a front door into the front yard.

Which was where my car was this morning.  On the driveway.  Because my garage is starting to fill up. 

I am in the midst of deciding what will stay in the amalgamation of two houses.  Extras and garage sale items are headed to the garage.  Which means my car can no longer be parked there.

So, I headed out to my car.  Through the garage door.  To see that there was no car there.  I closed the door and returned back inside, realizing this is a new life.

Old ways have passed away, new ways must be adopted.

As the old saying goes – “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Cleaning the garage

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

To move things in, one must move things out!

That is going to be my mantra over these next few days. 

I am preparing to have Cynthia (my fiance) move her household goods to this house.  That means I will need to make room for more things.  And she will need to pare down her own household goods.

Now, how does one go about this?

From a number of moves, one of the first things is to find duplicates.  In the garage I had three ice scrapers for my windshield.  Not all are needed.

I suppose finding things that are just plain worn out is next.  I had a piece of board that was broken.  And I mean split in half.  Not needed and no need to be found for it.

Finally, I’m working on things that have no sentimental value, will probably never be used, and are best placed in a garage sale.

And so, my garage is now a storage unit.  Hopefully soon I can rid myself of some of these goods.

I guess that’s what they call good riddance!

Passing through

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Well, the weekend is proving to be busy!

On Thursday evening, I was able to spend time with my daughter and her family in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan.  Three grandkids are a handful – and a handful I would be more than glad to have around at anytime. 

We ate together and enjoyed exploring new cell phones that had been bought.  I went for a walk with the two oldest grandchildren in the rain – amazing how shoes can hold as much water as the last puddle they stepped in.

From there I headed to a wedding rehearsal I was overseeing.  The rain of the weekend plagued us all the way along.  This was to have been an outdoor wedding on a beach in Northern Saskatchewan – a place called Waskesiu.  Instead we all ended up inside enjoying close fellowship.

Friday night was a family gathering – at least for me this was the new family I will become an official part of in a month’s time.  My reason for being there was that I was officiating my “to be” nephew’s wedding – this was the rehearsal party. 

The next morning, Saturday, the rain continued.  By 10:00 we were off to set up the alternate site – a beautiful rustic hall, then the wedding, then the reception and by 8:30 in the evening I was back on the road, headed to Airdrie where there is a concert tomorrow.  This past evening I was able to get a few hours of sleep here in Kindersley and as I write this I am preparing to head out to a concert in Airdrie this afternoon.

On the road again! 

30 days to go!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

That was what greeted me on our wedding website today.

One month and I will be remarried.  Seems surrealistic.  This past week I served on a committee with a widow whose husband passed away just in this past year.  Yesterday I was with a fellow the same age as I am (actually only one month between our ages) – his wife is in the final stages of cancer.  Both are struggling with issues that I have had to deal with this past year.

What is it like to live through this past year of widow(er)hood?  I didn’t know what was coming, nor do I still understand completely where things are headed.  I just know that I have a peace from God.  I have a sense of knowing that, as I am encouraged in my Bible study, I am headed in a proper direction.  I am thankful to all those who have come alongside to support me and congratulate me in my remarriage.  As my header on this blog says – daily life as life goes on . . .

30 days to go!  And life goes on!

What comes next?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Funny how, when you are given time and space to work on things, the little foxes gather.  They are the distractions that aren’t necessarily bad things, just distractions.

As we come close to our wedding date, I’m finding that distractions are also sometimes easier to do than the next thing on the list.

Put those two combinations together and this morning I’m sitting here with places to go and people to see and life to accomplish.

First on the list is a very mundane thing.  But something that has been sidelined for a day or so.

So, before I continue on with a lot of other things. . .

Off to water my plants!!

Enjoyment in teaching

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Today I received recognition for teaching Grade 5-7 youth.

Our Family Bible School is completed for this year.  I have been team teaching a group (mainly boys) with another man.  How unusual is that?  Men teaching children!

The pleasure was all mine.  As we went through the year I became convinced that these are the leaders of tomorrow – and they are leaders already in their own right amongst their peers. 

Of course, there were days where the boys were climbing on tables and raucous and a bit unruly.  Or the days when they were serious and taking in all sorts of new learnings.  Both days are days of enjoyment – although I’m not sure I have as much patience as I would like when their enthusiasm explodes.

Next year looks to be fun as well.  I want to take on the same group once again.  This time we will separate out the girls from the boys.  Which means more loud sessions together and great fun around the tables leading to learning that will help to shape young hearts after the heart of God. 

What a great opportunity.

Baptisms

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

This is a day which I will enjoy.

There are very few symbols in the Christian church as powerful as baptism.

There is water.  A person enters the water.  This is them.  As they are. 

Then they are placed below the water.  When they come up the symbolism is one of death to what was there previously.  Arising from the water shows a new life begun.  Arising from the water makes a statement of allegiance to Jesus.  Arising from the water is a public declaration of intent to follow hard after Jesus.

That is what I love!

And today I witness this once again.  Wish you could be here.  And those of you that are able to attend – enjoy with me!!