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Yesterday was Halloween

Once again October 31 rolls around and the kids roll out onto the sidewalk. We had candy for 90 though as Wendy pointed out after the first bowl was gone that if I give 2 to each kid we have candy for 45. Sorry to the rest – you got one and no more.

The grandchildren were out – and they looked so cute! Carlyle was excited for face paint as part of the costume. Fitz just kept calling out “HI” as we chatted by video. Ted, Beth and Rachel went with the Star Wars theme! Imagine a 3-year-old Darth Vader! What fun that must have been!

 

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Two storm troopers and Darth Vader! aka Beth, Rachel and Ted

The other evening while watching Murdoch, one of our favourite shows, a character came on that I had not seen yet. His name? Fred Waters! Yup….a character with my name. I wonder how do they choose names for characters on television programs?

 

 

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Fred Waters on Murdoch

One of my favourite authors is Larry Crabb. Have you read his books? He often has a way of putting something that just let’s me have a different view.  Today’s quote reflects upon how we seek to find happiness for ourselves. We demonstrate by our actions that we often are guilty of feeling that we at best are the author, God the observer and at worst that we are god and there is no loving, caring God. Help us O Lord to trust you and to wait on your provision.

“What could happen if I risked believing that the happiness I most long for is really available in Jesus, not in earthbound blessings that come my way but in the heaven-sent life He gives? What would happen if I staked my entire hope of happiness on God’s love and on the opportunity to love like Jesus?  Have I been building the house of my life on sand when Jesus supplied a rock, a solid foundation that will keep my life from collapsing?
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Doubt isn’t fatal

I’ve been thinking about doubt. I’ve been thinking about the limitations of our faith and what does that mean. If I can’t imagine God’s ability to do something, to act in a particular way or change what appears to be unchangeable, does that mean I doubt?

I think it is interesting that one of the disciples doubted. He wasn’t there when the risen Lord showed up and so he spoke out his doubt. It wasn’t his words that made him a doubter, it was the gap between what he knew and what others were saying. The fact that the other disciples said they had seen the risen Jesus only caused Thomas to say I want to see it to believe it.

I suspect most of us have had our own version of such a saying.

When I was in my 20’s I was wondering if we were making the right decision and it was a big decision. I had my doubts and they flew in the face of what was a very strong “word from the Lord”. I had no reason to doubt but my fear meant I was faced with increasing my faith. So I was worried and I think worry can be seen by some as doubt.

Then one day I ended up meeting a man. I had never seen or met him before I never met or saw him again. But he knew what I was wrestling with and spoke to me in a way that, well I can’t explain, except to say he squashed my doubt and encouraged me to believe and then he was gone. Yup, gone.

He walked into a crowd of people and “disappeared”. I can’t even remember his name.

He challenged me to believe, though. In a sense, he challenged my worry, my doubt. I didn’t give him any details yet he knew them all.

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Yet in many ways, we are more like Thomas than Peter, James or John. We hesitate to believe, we await the personal revelation rather than grab on to the testimony of others and we let our fears play with our hearts.

The Centurion who believed that Jesus healed his servant though he had not seen brought the reaction from Jesus – “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”

Let it be true of us.

Matthew 8:5-13

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west,and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

 

 

Help I need somebody…

This morning’s chapel was focused on how we help others – it highlighted the communication of William Booth who in his final days sent a communication to be read to a Congress meeting – it simply read “others”.60f02-58-at-a-press-conference-in-a-hard-day-s-night-1964-a-reporter-asks-beatle-ringo-starr-if-he-s-a-mod-or-a-rocker-i-m-a-mocker-ringo-replies_imagelarge

Our very talented Simon put together a wonderful montage of photos, at my request, to the music of The Beatles’ HELP.  I’m not sure who else liked it, though I’ve heard a few people today humming it in the hallways, but I thought it was a catchy idea.  Of course we couldn’t leave off Psalm 121 “where does my help come from? It comes from the maker of heaven and earth”.

Speaking of heaven, I’ve been listening to a number of You Tube videos featuring N.T. Wright. What a tremendous scholar and I’ve been very taken by his teaching on heaven and hell. I will be reading more of his books this year.