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"My" car

We seem to be in a perpetual state of car juggling.  That is my car is being shared by too many people that need to go in too many directions at once.  I think it  is Sara that uses it the most.  At least she has the courtesy to drop me off at work and pick me up.  And I get to use it some days and a few evenings – as long as I am home in time so the young lady can get to her soccer games on time. 

Oh well.  At least the car hardly gets time to cool down between uses.  Haven’t plugged it in yet.

We are ridiculously dependant on cars.  I need to get back out walking.  But the cold – and the slipperyness is a huge deterant.  So is my lazyness I guess.

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Listening to the beat

Tonight we are going to listen to the drummer in the family.  We have a table reserved at one of the most notorious bars in town – noisy for sure. Christian is drumming with the Jason Moon Band and since we have not had the pleasure, we are going to go and see what he can do. 

Then tomorrow he goes back to Saskatoon where he has a real job waiting. 

I guess he makes OK money at this drumming stuff that he loves buyt if one were to count all the practice times and travel times, not to count set up and take down, I suspect it would be more like minimum wage.  He’s happy I guess.  Or young and foolish.  Or both.

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Dilemmas

You know how it is when you are faced with a dilemma – all sorts of time is spent thinking about it without a lot of helpful results?  I have been engaged in this sort of thing this week. 

 

We have kids that attend our church.  Not a huge number but some.  Some come with their parents and then a few less come just from the neighbourhood.  “Walk ins” as we would say at my office, meaning that they come for what they need but don’t have a real connection to the rest of the people who attend.  In actual fact, they may come for the cookies – what self respecting kid would pass up free cookies and juice on a Sunday morning when mom and dad or whomever cares for them are still sleeping.  We also offer them a lot of good music prayer and a sermon but, you know, I doubt that those things really draw them in. 

 

You know how it is when you are faced with a dilemma – all sorts of time is spent thinking about it without a lot of helpful results?  I have been engaged in this sort of thing this week. 

 

We have kids that attend our church.  Not a huge number but some.  Some come with their parents and then a few less come just from the neighbourhood.  “Walk ins” as we would say at my office, meaning that they come for what they need but don’t have a real connection to the rest of the people who attend.  In actual fact, they may come for the cookies – what self respecting kid would pass up free cookies and juice on a Sunday morning when mom and dad or whomever cares for them are still sleeping.  We also offer them a lot of good music prayer and a sermon but, you know, I doubt that those things really draw them in. 

 

The kids from the neighbourhood and the kids attached to parents who attend do not really like to be confined to a small space it seems.  And a few of the kids may be FAE or FAS and can’t help but not be attentive.  They seem fine with that but we adults have other ideas.  We like kids who sit still and listen.  We like kids who take their little craft paper and complete it without needing a lot of help and then actually take it home gloating over their achievements to their parents, maybe reciting the Bible verse as they hand it to mom or dad. 

 

Instead of this we have kids whose parents we never see.  We get no help from them if the kids run off and spend the class time in the washroom. (if we sent them to the washroom I am sure they would not want to go there, but who can argue with a kid who says he’s got to go?)

 

We have trouble with burn out.  No, not the kids, the adults who decide to take on the responsibility of teaching these kids stuff about Jesus.  I AM BURNT OUT TRYING TO FIND ADULTS TO HELP! 

 

That is one of my duties. 

 

So this Sunday, I don’t know.  I suspect I will be in that room with the kids.  Because I do care about them and I do want them to learn about Jesus.  I wonder if they most times think of Jesus as just another adult.  I doubt they understand how much he cares about them.  I doubt they know how much I care about them – especially when I am desperately trying to keep their attention with stern words.

 

O God help us. 

 

This morning I was reading in Mark 6 the story of Jesus feeding all the people that came to listen to him.  What struck me most about the story was not the feeding part, or the amount left over.  It was the fact that Jesus and his friends were tired.  Jesus knew his disciples needed a rest and so he says to go with him to a quiet place.  They take off together across the lake but instead of quiet on the other shore, they have a huge crowd waiting.  Jesus and his disciples need to debrief but out of compassion, Jesus puts the needs of the crowd first and spends the time instead teaching the people many things.  Maybe this taught the disciples a whole lot about service and the kind of life style they were in for.  I think the feeding part also taught them a huge lesson – that no matter what they needed, God would provide in abundance.

 

I know that lesson.  God has been teaching me that one too for years now. 

 

Surely he will provide for me and for the kids who need to listen to him teaching them many things.

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Shopping

We have a grad dress.  Beautiful and orange.  It was the best colour among all the many many colours we looked at.  And we looked a many. 

We went down to Saskatoon with the intention of buying the dress we did in fact end up buying.  It was the first she tried on but not the last.  We went to at lest another five stores.  Some we knew right away that there was no point in trying anything.  One other store had a dress in orange that may have been just as beautiful but it was in some stupid size – a size 4 I think and she could not even get it on to see what it was like.  It was also more money. 

In the end we went back to the beginning. 

She will look gorgeous.

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Contacts from website

I have been plagued with spam lately.  It comes in as contacts from this page.  I have been unable to rid myself of this problem so far.  Every time that I check my e-mail I have to delete a bunch of useless and very undesirable stuff.  The danger is that I inadvertently delete a real message – a contact from a real live human  out there that I would like to talk to. 

Tonight I almost hit delete but caught myself just in time to pick up this very interesting message:

SUBJECT: Ugly Brown Cookbook
COMMENTS: I have been search for a copy/s of “The Canadian Cookbook” published by McGraw. It was a coveted cookbook in my family and has faded, lost pages and some corners have just crumbled away. When I say a reference to the old ugly brown cookbook in a clipping of a Google search I had to ask…where oh where can I find a copy or two. If you do not wish to respond that is alright, the search will go on. Thank you.

I know this book.  It was a fabulous cookbook.  It was thick and ugly and brown but I used it for years.  I too would love to have a copy of it.  Mine was left in the Congo when we left in a hurry. 

Can’t you just see what would happen – “Missionary wife loses her mind – evacuates with dirty brown cookbook.  Leaves clothes behind!”

Anyway, I can appreciate the person’s wish to get a copy of this book.  One does have to be of a certain age to recognize the book we are speaking of.  The newer versions were not half as good. 

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Football season

There remains one game – the Grey Cup. 

Winning it seems to elude Saskatchewan.  Yesterday they bombed out in the semifinals (western finals).  So it ends for us Saskatchewanians.  It always seems to end at about this point.

Those of us who cheer faithfully for them year after year must be farmers at heart.  Next year!  There is always hope for the next year.

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Sad news tonight

Sad news tonight.  A miscarriage. 

Two tiny angels now.

Little ones gone too soon.

Do the arms of the saints

Gather you in?

Do you play around

God’s feet?

 

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