Lots of people buy new Bibles – well not as many as I would like – but lots do. I had one particular Bible that I really treasured. It was the Bible that I used as a corps officer in Ottawa and Calgary. I studied using it, read for inspiration and just worked to understand and communicate it. I marked it up, stuck tabs in it and over time even recorded events of our lives at certain chapters and verses.
But it’s been falling apart for some time and so I’ve been debating what to do with it as I wanted to preserve all those notes! When we were in California I went looking for another Bible I could begin to transfer notes.
I really treasure my Bible and love revisiting the notes and comments that I’ve added along the way. Occasionally as a corps officer, someone would comment to me after a Sunday service, “you’ve preached on that before, I have some notes in my Bible”. So I know I’m not the only one who likes doing this!
Are you a note taker – a note maker?
Our good friend Karen let us use her condo in Palm Desert for a late January vacation. We had intended to be there in early February but based on the availability of her place we moved our vacation schedule up a week. Boy, are we glad we did that! Just as winter decided to really ramp up the cold and snow we had arrived in the southern California desert. While it was minus 30 or so at home we were enjoying day time highs of about 80 for the most part.
We visited The Living Desert – a display of animals and desert plants that takes you along a 1.4-mile stroll. The trees canopied the walkway and various oasis was set as you walked along you to sit and rest if you needed. The foliage from the desert was fascinating and we enjoyed the animals too.
If you’ve ever watched the television program MASH you’ll know the kind of topography – dry dusty hills – mountains as a matter of fact – but with the desert foliage and lack of rain they are very brown but take on a lovely shade of purple as the sun sets.
Towards the end of the walkthrough, The Living Desert is a remarkably large train display. I was really taken with the work that had gone into making this look like a town in which the train flowed through and serviced the area. They had set up canyons with long trestle bridges and running water as well as farms with all the sound effects of the animals being in the barnyard.
It was a great place to visit and we would recommend it if you were visiting in the area.
I was at our conference centre this week to discuss some matters and we decided, as it was quiet there, to sit by the fire for our meeting. I had to take a picture.
I have always hoped, though the likelihood of this is slim, to have a fireplace in our retirement home. I can’t think of anything I like better in a home. We’ve not had many in our years of moving about but when we did I greatly appreciated both the warmth and the light of a fireplace.
So on this day, while the meeting was productive, the fire was ssoooooo delightful!