Another celebration for our family has arrived. With the dawning of the sun we remember how January 19th, 1984 unfolded. Wendy was booked for surgery and after a bit of a delay a warm small bundle was laid in my arms – warm and tight-fisted with eyes shut tight and a reasonable desire to stay asleep – I looked upon our first born. Later in the day we really settled on the name Jason David Waters.
Thursday Wendy and I received our newest pin to recognize 30 years of ministry with The Salvation Army. The Territorial Commander presented them to us at the morning’s chapel service.
30 years – where did that time go?
30 years ago we were being sent off to our first appointment – Listowel Ontario. That’s where both Jason and Philip would be born and we would cut our teeth in real leadership. (I should go back sometime and apologize to some of those people!)
In the intervening years, we lived in Mississauga, Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and now Toronto. We’ve had many good neighbours, have seen many a family through happy and troubled times and like many officers have more than enough stories to tell to keep a room entertained for an evening.
These 30 years have also shown God’s blessing on us over and over. We are grateful for all those experiences and for the demonstration of God’s care of us.