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So much to do and so little time.

Words have been sort of few and far between these days.

I guess most of my time has been spent learning things  these days – or at least trying to.  Both my Greek studies and my Bass practicing have demanded a lot of time lately.  It is hard to sit and write a post or even have any thoughts of consequence when I just don’t have much time to sit and ruminate.

I guess I hang onto my morning quiet time and that is when I think.  But go to work time  seems to come so quickly that there is little time to put any of my thoughts into words before I have to head out the door.

And then there is night time.  But look I really should be in bed already.

So life goes these days.

If I keep up the constant practice with the Greek and with the bass, I suspect I will be happy since I can actually see that constant practice pays off.

Oh, yeah.  We had our week of prayer at the church and I did take some pictures – which I will post when I get them downloaded.

So much to do and so little time.

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There are many tasks I need to buckle down and work on the rest of this week.  The sermon is coming but it has not come easily.  The quiet in my house now that everyone has gone home is good but it is easy to procrastinate and otherwise find ways to waste time.
The computer is a great tool and also a great distraction.

I have a set of photos taken over Christmas posted at Flikr

Now back to work.

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These days

This preaching gig (if one can call it a gig) has its rewards.  It seems that if I speak my family lets me off from noon meal responsibilities.  And lets me nap in the afternoon.  Not bad.  They don’t let me take a long nap or cook my meals after doing a good wisdom tooth extraction at the office.

Today we had a most delicious stew prepared by Rachelle.  Venison, vegies and potatoes in a tomato based sauce.  Very very good. 

And a good nap is – well, always good.  And after partying with my staff last night doubly good.


Yesterday we went on a sleigh ride with real horses in the absolutely freezing cold.  We were all bundled up to an almost unrecognizable state.  I am sorry I have no pictures of that! 

I loved the smell of horse and the out of doors.  It brought back memories of my dad.  It was just the sort of thing he would have done and enjoyed.  Funny how memories are triggered by smells and places. 

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Steps in a process

Last night I sat with a committee of friends from my church talking of my gifts and calling to ministry.  Its part of the required references needed to apply to seminary.  To North Park at least.  North Park seems a very thorough way to check out people who apply.  I suppose it helps the committee at the other end to know who will make good candidates for the program of studies and for the end result of developing pastors. 

It is hard to sit and make a list of gifts I have for ministry.  Maybe it is just my nature but I am more likely to be aware of my failings, my areas of non-giftedness, than my gifts.  It seems weird to be saying,”I am good at…, I am gifted at…”  And then add into the equation that these are not just my personal gifts but the gifts that I believe are going to help me to minister to people in a semi-official sort of way on behalf of a church or organization. 

So, that is what I was doing last night.  Then I left it in their hands to discuss what they see in me, to recommend me – or not.  They already know me pretty well so I don’t suppose I threw them too many surprises.

The experience of sharing what I have learned about myself over the past years and throughout my life was good.  It is fairly intense and exhilarating to share my personal story.  I don’t get to sit and talk about these things – about how God has moved in my life to get me to where I am now – with very many people.  Most would just think I am weirdly “religious” and not grasp or understand the deep relationship with God that has developed over my life time.  The friends I sat and talked last night, know God too, even though each of us has a uniqueness in our own relationships with him.

So here we go.  One more step in the process of applying to seminary checked off.  My forms are ready to send off.  I’d better get down to more study on the Greek.  There is the plain old hard work of studying to face.

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Ahhhh Parties

We had a party tonight.  It was our annual Family Advent Program with the usual astonishing talent and this year it was followed by a catered finger food (ie:wings and ribs and wraps and lots of sweet stuff) meal and games night.  I think Pictionary was the biggest hit.  We had a good evening together simply enjoying each other’s company.



And Roger had a great time – even caught up on reading the paper.  I swear this is his favorite activity!


Among the musical greats doing their stuff was Massa with an animated version of one of the latest Lingala Christmas tunes,


the Vandersluys Family Singers,


And Meself trying my best to bow some tunes out of my new bass.  (You can tell I am concentrating by the serious look I have.) 


There are more pictures which I will post over on Flikr.

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Sometimes there is nothing but frustration with a computer.

Last night it ate my sermon! 

Maybe I was just too tired but I accidentally hit the don’t save changes button when it asked.

I guess it is not really the fault of the computer – operator error.  In other words, "How could I have been so dumb?"

So finally, I went to bed very late with the realization that I was not going to remember how to say the  things I had seemed to put down on "paper" so clearly and actually slept.  Till 4 am. 

Now it is 6 and I have rewritten it and saved it.  Now comes going over it.  Revising.  But at least I have the essence of what I need to say saved!

And I am going back to bed to sleep. 

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More Good Byes

Today we said good bye to Meg.  Meg joined us one Sunday following a joint Good Friday service just after she had moved to Prince Albert.  That Good Friday our worship group was leading the music.  I still remember the day.  I was still pretty fresh at playing my recorder in public and was pretty nervous.  We played one of Megs favorite songs and she came to check out our church the next Sunday and stayed.

Meg has given so much of herself to us at Gateway Covenant.  She joined us on the worship team playing guitar.  She’s participated in a small group.  She has blessed us with speaking and she has shared with us her work with Wycliff as she has worked on the Cree translation.  She has become a friend.

Now she is moving on – out to Nova Scotia and to another First Nations group – The Micmac people. 

We really are going to miss her.

If I knew how I would cause this posting to have a bright purple background.  Alas, I’m not that smart. 


There have been too many of these good bye things these days. 

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