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The CSS in Calgary

Wendy took the Canadian Staff Songsters to Glenmore Temple in Calgary, AB for the Stampede weekend.  It was great to be “home” for a few days and to see good friends, be part of a revisit to a place that has such deep personal meaning for us and to share in the music of this great group. The city of Calgary, if you do not know, is alive in a different way for 10 days as it hosts “the greatest outdoor show on earth”.

So here are two videos to show something of that weekend – a couple more will follow – as it allows you to see and sense something of the nature of the weekend and the flavour of the city!

 

The chuckwagon races are a great event and I love watching them. The very first funeral that I did after we arrived in Calgary, in 2000 was a woman who had raised 5 kids – 4 of whom had been born and raised in a sod house on the Alberta Saskatchewan border! Think about what it means to grow your own food, live through a winter on the Prairies and to do so in a sod house! That’s a pioneer and the chuck wagons point back to that time in history which is not that far in the past!

This second video is from Sunday morning at Glenmore Temple, the final number by the CSS and while it both these videos are done on my Samsung phone – provide I think a reasonable representation of the quality of the music.

 

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Where does God live?

I am not meaning to sound heretical at all, but having just returned from Alberta and the beauty of God’s creation it is easy to think that if God was choosing somewhere to dwell it might be right here.  The Psalmist often talked about lifting this eyes to “the hills” and in viewing the spectacular features of the geography was reminded that his help came from the Maker of Heaven and earth.  Mountains have that kind of impact upon people, especially when the birds call out, the stream flows by peacefully and the stillness of the moment is not interrupted, as most of our moments seem to be now, by the roar of industrial life.

 

In case I have not been entirely clear, I do not believe for a moment that God lives in a geographical location – far from it. The truth today for anyone who is willing is for God to reside in our “hearts” – that is the center of our being. God’s greatest creation is, of course, you – me – the man or woman made in His image.

I’ve been a travellin’…

Chicago, New York, Canmore and a weekend at Jackson’s Point have been part of the past few weeks and I have not recorded here any of the stories that made up that trip.

That includes the most expensive taxi ride I have ever taken, a revealing look at some of our work at our THQ in USE and USC, plus their wonderful hospitality. And then to top it all off, a trip to Alberta and specifically Canmore to meet our latest granddaughter, Paige.

Below are a couple of photos from these days…

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Our weekend at Jackson’s Point was a wonderful mix of work, music and renewing friendships. There were a number of folks that have crossed our paths over the years and we got to lead the Bible teaching portion of the weekend. I focused us on the heart and how determining what is our treasure is, will determine where our heart lies!

20180519_144651While we were there Wendy was able to take her quilt that she’s been making for Paige in and top stitch it as the Quilting Gnome.  This lovely little shop run by Edith – yes I know her name – has just relocated and it was nice to see the new “digs”.

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The trip to Chicago and then New York was tremendously helpful and I enjoyed every bit of it.  My hosts were enormously helpful and gracious and I walked away with some great information.

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The airports were busy but all went well and the travel was without incident.  Sometimes that in itself is remarkable. Airports and airplanes, for that matter, are where you meet the most interesting of people and for whatever reason people seem very open to discussion when travelling.  THQ in Chicago is relatively new and it was fascinating to see how they had determined to use their new space. The building interior is bright and open and inviting.

But best of all was our time with the Waters west family, as we call them… Phil, Amanda, Carlyle, Fitz and now Paige are such a joy to be around and we had a relaxing if not exhausting visit! Those kids have energy and I was amazed to watch, hear and be with them.

No pictures of them (not because I don’t want to) but be assured they are healthy, happy and filled with a great vigour for life. We love being grandparents and any time we can be with our family is the best of time.

One last video from the adult music camp….