In these days of retreat, we’ve been sharing stories. We’re all men here and we’re building a community of trust so the stories have been characterized by honest reflections, a deep personal journey and a sense that God is in the room speaking through each other. I have rarely had this kind of experience, sadly, and so I am enjoying every moment.
These men are from various parts of the country and from a number of different backgrounds and denominational frameworks. Some I know, some are becoming new friends.
As I’ve been listening to them, listening to The Word and to God, I am feeling a sense that God has done great work in our lives (Wendy and I) and that we are enjoying the fruits of many years of faithful and diligent service. We are past the years of early marriage, discovering parenthood, endeavouring to make a contribution to ministry and are enjoying time to reflect and look towards the current season.
Today Mark Buchanan joined us and talked about the contrast of being large or small – choosing to step over mountains or being lost in the lawn. It was interesting and I was amazed at how he took the Scripture and our imaginations to make us really think about our place in the world and our ambitions. He’s on later tonight – I will be taking notes.
Of course, the scenery here is spectacular. So I’ve included some shots below for you to see. If you pray, would you pray for this group of ten leaders?
Early Easter Sunday we arose, but not as Jesus did, from the grave, but to drive to Ottawa to be with Jason for a couple of days. It’s been a while, since January, that we had a chance to be with him. He recently was offered a full-time position within the federal government as a result of good work and his very successful completion of his Masters of Political Science.
As it turned out Monday turned out to be a very warm and sunny day in Ottawa and we did a great deal of walking around the Byward Market and along Sparks Street.
Along Sparks Street, we came to Jason’s building so we could see where he will be working. I took a picture of him, which I described as the obligatory photo, and to mark this rather significant moment in time!
If I can brag for a moment, I am very proud of how well Jason has done and over the past years, he has worked to keep his family going, pay the bills and all the while has had the academic success that has brought the attention of the university to his skills and maturity. So, well done Jason!
We also had a chance to connect with Marc and Adele at their place by the river….and the river was getting bigger by the day! It was a great meal and we all went home very full!
Finally, I might add, we had a chance to get away from very heavy schedules and do something that connected us to family and provided us with some personal space! That in itself is refreshing!
The opportunity to travel for business gives me a great opportunity to see our grandchildren ! This weekend I was able to spend some wonderful time with the family. I delivered the Easter treats and we were able to have supper together.
The kids are growing up so quickly and it was fun to see them and listen to their voices as they laughed, whined, chatted, argued (with their siblings) and talked about what they liked and didn’t like.
Do you ever notice how honest kids are? They tell it how it is. And they had lots to tell me. They told me how much they love being together, they told me what restaurant they like, they told me when they were sad, when they were happy. They told me what they thought of their siblings. They are great kids and I loved being with them.