Florence Dice

My much loved Auntie has finished this part of her life. At the end it was simply a fading away in the midst of pretty much constant pain and the fog induced by pain control. I would sit and hold her hand, play her some music, try to give her some water to drink. She seemed to enjoy the last visit oh her great, great niece Kimia even though I think it may have frightened Kimia a little. Now she is free of all that painful end of life stuff and with Christ who was her life’s friend.

Until we meet again Auntie.

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Good words

from Henri Nouwen

Fruits That Grow in Vulnerability
There is a great difference between successfulness and fruitfulness. Success comes from strength, control, and respectability. A successful person has the energy to create something, to keep control over its development, and to make it available in large quantities. Success brings many rewards and often fame. Fruits, however, come from weakness and vulnerability. And fruits are unique. A child is the fruit conceived in vulnerability, community is the fruit born through shared brokenness, and intimacy is the fruit that grows through touching one another’s wounds. Let’s remind one another that what brings us true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness.

 

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 102 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1733 posts. There were 114 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 162 views. The most popular post that day was The Staff Party.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were randallfriesen.com, randallfriesen.blogspot.com, sharonkent.blogspot.com, maydt.blogspot.com, and tertl.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for linea lanoie, john o’donohue quotes, challenging stories, lingala lessons, and l lanoie.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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The Staff Party December 2009

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Quote from Eternal Echoes by John O’Donohue May 2009
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About October 2007

4

Challenging stories August 2008

5

Talking Theology October 2010
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Now I am not meaning to complain but…

It has been a busy Christmas this year, the house full of kids and grandkids. It is beginning to slow down but the house is a bit of a mess and there is left over food almost spilling out of the fridge. I guess I should not have to cook for this next week unless we get sick of left overs.

It has been a bit chaotic and the stillness of a quiet house will be welcome.

This afternoon, Rachelle’s bunch left for Saskatoon where Asen and Ronin were to board a plane for Vancouver. They just called and the flight was cancelled so are on their way back. That means another trip to Saskatoon tomorrow morning and then another to Saskatoon the following day to get Rachelle to the airport. I realize that some people commute to and from work for what is a 90 minute drive – but we don’t and all this driving is tiring and disruptive to the day at the very least. Oh well, life on the prairies.

I am trying to read a very thick text on the history of our denomination for my January class that starts in a week and a half. Have a short paper to write too. I am strangely unambitious. Maybe it is a surfeit of food and sweet treats but I seem to fall asleep in my chair as I read.

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This waiting season

Advent is drawing to an end – to the climax of Christmas day when we celebrate the birth of Christ.   I thought I would share the final essay I submitted for my Theology class since I now have been marked on it and that bit of anxiety and waiting period is over for me.  If you want to read it all, click on  continue reading   (sorry for the American spellings – the school is USAian).

We Wait in Expectation

Almighty God, give all of us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.[1]

Recently, I was asked to reflect on the purpose and meaning of Advent with some young children from the neighborhood around our church. The children had no idea that a season of Advent existed. Their preparations for the coming season of Christmas were centered around what they wanted from Santa not on the coming celebration of the birth of Christ. Anticipation and waiting meant counting down the days till Santa came.

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Seven

tourtieres made and meat for the eighth ready.  I am short one pie shell. 

Tomorrow – last minute shopping and pick up some groceries.

Do some housecleaning and make a trip to Salvation Army or Value Village for a drop off.

Reading.  Much, much reading needs to be done for my January class.  And then there is the prep for preaching on Jan. 2.

It will be a busy day,

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Some good things

There are some days when it almost seems as if a subtle shift happens in the universe.  Well, maybe not in the universe as much as in me. It is as if I am suddenly looking at a familiar scene but it has shifted slightly and I can now see it from a new angle. And it looks different.  Brighter maybe.  Clearer perhaps.

I have felt some of this over the past 24 hours. I’ve gone from one side of the picture to another, one which gives me a better perspective. And so in some things that make me despair, especially things that seem broken and unfixable, I begin to see in the whole situation some of the wonder of what it means to just be human and vulnerable and imperfect. But still loved.

Amazing, really. And wonderful.

Tonight we had a wonderful staff party and I had fun. Maybe I drank a bit more wine than usual. But it was good wine, good company and good food.

Thank you God for all these good things about life.

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