A stand off

The city of Toronto and the new Provincial government has been arguing over the size of the city council and the process to determine. It’s a strange standoff, with lots of political strife and past conflict in the equation. I could go into my own thoughts but I will spare you…and me. It is unfortunate that these kinds of conflicts create such distraction – and of course, they take up energy, money, and effort which could be spent upon much more important and productive matters.

I came across this cartoon and it struck me that so many conflicts end up being just this… and who really controls the situation. Of course, power always resides in the person who cares the least. In caring, we give the other person power over us. That’s unfortunate but it’s the truth. Consider a boy and girl dating – whoever wants to love the most will have the less stand of power.

The provincial government has won it’s way – so hopefully we can now move on.

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God of the Poor

20180916_170548It was a good weekend in Winnipeg. We welcomed another crop of cadets who will now go on to be trained to be Salvation Army officers. They are at the beginning – us, well I feel increasingly like we’re near the autumn of our journey. Strange how that feeling overtakes you as you see friends retiring – or dying (too young) and you realize just how quickly the years are passing by. Now don’t take that as some somber statement. It’s not meant to be, it’s just that the contrasts do show up from time to time and I realize that there are people who are sitting on this platform who weren’t born when we started our SA journey.

Having said all that, I was really taken by the song we sang a few times over the past few days as we went from celebrating the new session to wrestling with the complex and challenging issues that we, as a denomination are facing.  The words are strong and meaningful and unlike some of the trite stuff that makes up our singing (at times) this has song has a depth that is not unusual in Graham Kendrick’s songs. Listen and enjoy.

If The Salvation Army has a calling, it is to be the people who reach the poor….so God of the Poor just fits – don’t you think?

Marble Canyon 2015

In 2015 Phil and I went off for the day from their place in Canmore down towards Radium BC.  It was a great day and one that I would love to repeat. The weather was good, we had some great conversation and we were OUTSIDE. We both love the outdoors.

Of extra interest in this video is that you can see the trees impacted by the fire that roared down the valley – I think it was about 9 years prior.

Just at the end of video Phil says let’s go! It was beginning to rain and a storm was quickly approaching.

 

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.