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?
For many years, Wendy made, as part of our Christmas tradition, the buying and sending of Christmas cards to friends and family. We didn’t do a great mailing – I think at the most we sent our 40 or 50 cards. I did, however, enjoy putting together a letter of such – a newsletter it might better be described as, to give friends and families an update on our family and the past year. I would include a few photos – usually of holiday or special event. In time the cost of doing so, and the few responses brought me to a point of deciding to forgo that tradition. In some ways, this blog and its predecessor (www.rvcalgary.blogspot.com) took over some of that.
Of course, this also includes pictures and videos that could never be referenced in a note.
Time marches on and as 2018 comes to a close soon, and Christmas will soon be upon us, I am looking at cards and notes that are being received, mostly at the office but some here and some by email. It was so nice to hear from the Lutterells this week and to remember their kindness to us. A note from Ray Harris also landed in my inbox when he bumped into a session mate of ours who, though having left officership, has lived in Winnipeg for many years. Having chatted with her he thought of some of us and sent off notes. How very kind to hear his encouraging words.
Of course, it’s time for our annual Christmas dinner at THQ and this past week we gathered for food and fun. Below is a quick look at the music and the room.
We also did some serenading down the street at our Thrift Store which is very close to THQ. We took staff, employees, and officers for two days and went caroling. Below is a short clip of that event!
When it’s cold outside or it’s the end of a day and I don’t know what to eat I open the cupboard and look for THAT can! Yes, that’s right. Two slices of toast, preferably with real butter on them, and hot, steaming canned spaghetti is just what I love to eat.
This is something my Mom would make for me many, many years ago. You know in the years when I was an only child (insert my sisters sighing….) and when we would be alone with Dad out traveling.
Strange enough I remember my first summer working at Keswick and you could order this in their little cafe. I think it was $1 for the meal. Oh what memories!!
At any rate this was supper one night this weekend and it was great!