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Commissioner Harry Read

Commissioner Harry Read came into our lives just as we were heading off to College in 1981. He came to be the Chief Secretary for Canada and Bermuda and immediately won people with his quick wit, calm spirit and evident spirituality. I have been able to see him from time to time ever since and now Facebook allows us to stay in touch in a most remarkable way. Even though he is advanced in years his mind is sharp and his writing grows only deeper in relevance and insight. He posted this today and I thought I would share it as an example of his current writing. 

Abide in me! Lord, what a priceless thought
That I, a sinful person might abide;
Not merely have my sins declared as naught,
Nor only walk through life with you beside
But, to abide in you, and you in me.
From one high state to even higher state
To move, not by my own but your decree,
And even further heights anticipate.
In such abiding there is constant grace,
A constant source of energy and peace,
My heart’s enhancement as a holy place
Wherein your Spirit’s promptings never cease.
Within your will, Lord, I would ever dwell
And prove the meaning of ‘Immanuel’.
John 15: 4
“Abide in me, and I in you.”
With every blessing,

Day One – Global Leadership Summit – 2013

The main auditorium seats 7500 
Chicago is an interesting city, and this is our third visit to it.  Our purpose here, to attend the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek takes to the suburb of South Barrington.  Last night we did a dry run over to Willow Creek as we had never been there before.  It is a huge facility and we looked forward to this day’s activities.
Entrance to the main auditorium
The Summit, day one, was inspiring and motivational.  The speakers – Bill Hybels, General Colin Powell, Patrick Lencioni and the others were captivating.  Wendy and I visited Willow’s bookstore The Seed and found some good resources to purchase.
When you enter the facility you are greeted by high ceilings and bright windows.  While it is large it is a warm place 
General Colin Powell
Of course moving this many people around, feeding them, providing printed materials etc takes a great many people and volunteers were everywhere.
I loved the gentle yet powerful way of Colin Powell, the inspiring speech of Bill Hybels and the humour of Patrick Lencioni. 
General Colin Powell

Patrick Lencioni
Bob Goff was also inspiring and a great deal of fun to listen to – and when you hear what he’s done you will be amazed.
Of course the Summit isn’t just about good speakers or a great location – it’s about investing in leadership development and finding renewal in the very tough world of leading.  I don’t have to tell you how quickly the world is changing and how challenging it is to lead in the Christian church – these are tough days.
But the church has had many tough days – and the days of Jesus weren’t a walk in the park either.  So why would we expect anything different.  The Summit provides a reminder that God’s Kingdom isn’t about success, it is about significance and about serving the community. 
Tomorrow is day two and I’m looking forward to the other speakers.  I am looking forward to the ongoing reminder of how God is using people to change this very fallen world. 
Food trucks – part of the feeding of the 8000

The “old” sanctuary

The Cafe

The Market Place

Bill’s daughter

introducing Bob Goff

Bill and supports listen

Mark Burnett’s ride

From a hill I know healing waters flow

The Salvation Army in the UK has been publishing on You Tube for some time and I love the subjects they pick and Major Anne Read’s presentation – her easy way  engages my heart and mind.  Here she is in the City of Bath.

Here’s a contemporary version from Saytunes (California) and here’s the original tune used in a brass band arrangement.  And finally the words to General Orsborn’s song below.

When shall I come unto the healing waters?
Lifting my heart, I cry to Thee my prayer.

Spirit of peace, my Comforter and healer,

In whom my springs are found, let my soul meet Thee there.

Wash from my hands the dust of earthly striving;

Take from my mind the stress of secret fear;

Cleanse Thou the wounds from all but Thee far hidden.

And when the waters flow let my healing appear.

Light, life andlove are in that healing fountain,

AllI require to cleanse me and restore;

Flow through my soul, redeem its desert places,

And make a garden there for the Lord I adore.

(Chorus) From a hill I know,

Healing waters flow;

O rise, Immanuel’s tide,

Andmy soul overflow!