So to begin…. tbis weekend marks the beginning of Wendy’s new appointment! She’s now on the 7th floor with me so that’s great. Her role is really interesting and she’ll be doing lots of detail work which is one of her real strengths.
This also marks the beginning of our 9th year at THQ. Four appointments for me, three for Wendy.
We’ve never lived in one house so long! Seven years in Calgary was our longest.
Susan had posted this photo and I really liked it – it shows the grandkids playing and really gives you an idea how they are growing up! No little kids…they’re developing in many ways. I took that to zoom in a bit on Rachel who’s in the middle of swinging from one bar to another. I remember when you had to hold her to do this!
Sunday morning Wendy and I did the installation service at Agincourt Corps…okay community church… and how happy we are to welcome the Allens. We’re off to a good start and their strength to build trust and relationship will be a great plus for our congregation and work.
It’s a long weekend but we didn’t go to the trailer…for the first time ever, we were too tired! So relaxing in the backyard was a welcome change. And of course, it was nice and warm. While spring seemed too cool and too wet finally the heat of summer rewards our patience!
Summer also brings one of our favourite things to do – do some gardening and here comes the first tomato of the season. I can hardly wait for others. Fresh tomatoes are the best.
Six years ago this weekend we were at the trailer and so were Jason, Susan and Rachel. Here is that little girl with an ice cream cone. I’m looking forward to buying her a few more this summer! She’s soon going to be with us for two weeks along with Ted and Beth!
And yes it was even my turn, with the grass cut and trimmed to sit and enjoy the sun. Is there anything nicer than having a place to relax, to be able to be quiet, to be able to turn off the phone, the screens, the agenda – even for a few hours and recharge. That was this weekend.
When I joined Facebook there were about 70 million users. Seems like a lot of people. Today there are approximately 1.86 billion. Now that’s a lot of users! More than half of Canadians log on and the number keeps growing. The calculation is that there are 10 to 20 million users who died since they created their accounts and their accounts are still active.
I’ve already told Wendy – if something happens to me – don’t let me live on-line! I don’t want a happy birthday Fred message showing up after my funeral! (yes there will be a funeral).
But you may not have to wait until my death to see my profile disappear. Apparently someone trying hacking my account, and the amount of rude political debate has almost got me to cancel my fb account. Now you need to know there are two accounts that are mine on fb. I have one with a gazillion friends…well people who know my name. I don’t use it like I once did and frankly I’m losing interest. Secondly I have a family account – 23 members only and all family. Sorry friends – no one but no one gets in this group who isn’t family. This account will likely stay…so I know what you’re doing.
Which raises the question for me – are people still really interested in connecting on fb? Am I the only one who rather have a conversation – or go for ccoffee or send a card?
The thing I notice about CS Lewis’ writing is the efficiency of his words. He says so much with so few words.
These words to his dear friend MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE, who he corresponded with is a good illustration of this truth. It is also a good illustration of his ability to get at the underlying issue and say it with conviction and clarity.
I think we can all grow in understanding of our perspective of life.
17 June 1963
Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair- shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of? You have long attempted (and none of us does more) a Christian life. Your sins are confessed and absolved. Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round—we get afraid be- cause we struggle. Are you struggling, resisting? Don’t you think Our Lord says to you ‘Peace, child, peace. Relax. Let go. Underneath are the everlasting arms. Let go, I will catch you. Do you trust me so little?’
Of course, this may not be the end. Then make it a good rehearsal.
Yours (and like you a tired traveller near the journey’s end) Jack