It’s been almost 10 years since we left Calgary. An entire decade has passed since we received a phone call to tell us that we would be moving from Calgary as part of a pilot program to introduce the roll out of area commander. Wendy and I would later that summer move to Edmonton but initially, we were told it might be Alberta or Ontario. In the end, it was Edmonton.
Our time in Calgary was wonderful and seven years at Glenmore Temple were some of our favourite years of ministry. Returning to the platform this weekend was like coming home, and I enjoyed every minute.
While we were there we connected with Phil, Amanda, Carlyle and Fitz. The kids are growing quickly and Fitz now scurries around the floor like a soldier crawling on his belly to the front line! He’s a happy boy with energy and curiosity. Carlyle is smart and loves to spell, colour, make crafts and cuddle with her little brother. Dave and Sue graciously allowed us to crash their home for a few hours and share a meal with us.
We did get out to Canmore and celebrated Phil’s 30th birthday by his making us an amazing roast beef dinner! It was delicious.
This is of course 3 not 30 but the enthusiasm for life that he had at 3 he still exhibits – energy, fun, curiosity….hey who does that sound like?
It’s great to be with family, even briefly.
Amanda sent a wonderful picture of how they recorded their thankfulness today! It was on a pumpkin. Carlyle had lots of things she was grateful for….here’s a few!
Being grateful has so many benefits…and really? Who wants to be around ungrateful people? Yes, we have much to be grateful about. How about you? What are you grateful for?
You are two years of age today. That’s a whole life time for you…for us it seems like just a few moments. You were a gift from God to us all…especially your parents of course…you are their first and only at this point. But you are a gift to us all and while you will develop more and more of your own will, at first guided and directed by your parents, but eventually you will develop your own values which we pray will be your guiding principles.
We will pray for something else that you are too young yet to understand. We will be praying that you will also be guided by the Spirit of God. We are praying for this because we believe that God can and will protect you, guide you, bring goodness into your life, help you make big and small decisions and find your way in a world that will not always be a safe place for you.
Your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family would like to keep you safe. We will try but we can’t be with you always and there are going to be times when you are hurt, or discouraged or even defeated. You can know that we are cheering for you – praying for you – caring for you. We want the best for you. But we want you to know that no matter what we are ready to love you – in whatever form that you need, in whatever way you need, in whatever time you need.
God bless you Carlyle May.
You won’t likely remember the day you turned two but I hope you’ll never forget how much you are loved.