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Looking back

Last Saturday Wendy and I joined Catherine (I think I am the only one who still calls her Catherine), to help our Mom work through the process of preparing to move to the Meighen Retirement Residence.  It was sure fun to be together and to work to accomplish this task – not that we got it all done!

What we did find was lots of great photos that we had to stop and review and remember days gone by!  Isn’t it interesting how some photos take you back to the moment they were taken and you can see, hear, even smell the setting?

I think you can have two reactions to these kinds of events.  You can look back with fondness and regret that so much time has passed, perhaps wonder if you’ve wasted time or missed opportunities, perhaps even recounted errors in judgement.  Or you can look back with fondness and thank God for the people we’ve known and loved, be thankful for the days lived well and acknowledge lessons learned and blessings received.

Even the things which we wish were different can lead us to thankfulness that we had the opportunity to learn.

At any rate – a couple of photos from last Saturday.

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Ted and Beth turn 5

It seems remarkable to me that Ted and Beth, often referred to as the twins, are now 5 years of age.  We regret that they live so far away and we don’t get to see them too often, but thankfully technology helps close the gap a bit.  I will be in NL in early April so I get to see them, but it is still too far for our liking!

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The birthday party took place at Gail and Jeff’s home so that is delightful for them. Ted and Beth were all dressed up – and of course, if you are 5 and you have a birthday you need to get presents.

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And speaking of family…here’s me with Leanne and Catherine for a family portrait. The old black and white photo makes it seem like 50 years ago…and in fact it it! 1969!!

What is odd to me is that I can remember the photo being taken like it was yesterday. I remember Cath being upset, Leanne was a little trooper and I was hot!!  The photo lamps made the room feel like the tropics.  Hardly seems like it could be 50 years, but it is!

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And just like that, it’s 2019

Another year has arrived – another birthday passed for me, another Christmas come and gone! We didn’t travel this year to the surprise of many of our friends.  Instead, we were home and were delighted to have Cath, Terry, Noah, Laura, and Mom with us for Christmas dinner. We haven’t been home for Christmas in many years – perhaps ten…not sure but it’s been a while.

It is really wonderful to be able to have family around and to share in such a meaningful and important meal! When do most families get together – it’s usually on high holidays and it’s usually around a table.  Wendy did a spectacular job of having everything perfect! The food, the table, the decorations – what a great setting!

We did have Jason with us for a few days as he prepares to start his internship in Ottawa.  That too was wonderful and cause for much celebration.

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But now it’s the new year and the return to routine is before us.

I was telling someone recently of the Sunday in Ottawa when during the morning meeting I heard the Lord – yes I really did – tell me to ask the congregation if there was someone with “a word for us”.  This was not a normal practice for me or for the corps people so I didn’t act on it.  After the service a man, visiting from out of town approached me looking for some company for lunch – long story short – at lunch with him He told me that he had awoken that morning in his hotel room, and though he had never been to a Salvation Army corps, the Lord told him to go to give us a message.

I was floored as I suddenly understood what God had been trying to do in our presence. We had just finished three very hard years of dealing with a horrible internal issue and we were looking for healing. On that Sunday he told me that we were to continue in our faithful ways and “a time of refreshing would be coming”.

I had no idea what that would look like, but indeed some months later a time of refreshing began through the most unlikely of people in the corps who shared her story of hurt and what she called “demons”.

I remember it vividly.

So now I am praying, that 2019 will be a time of refreshing – not for the corps or for The Army though that is needed, but for our family.

I found this video recently, not the best production but the lady has a wonderful voice and is singing a song, though old, is one of my favourites and I have been humming it for some time.  Enjoy.