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Preparing for Easter

Wendy and I are going to be in the Halifax area for Easter – guests of the city officers – so I have been pouring over the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John listening to the writers, noticing their context, trying to smell the aroma, sensing the emotions, attempting to detect the fear, the tension, the courage.

Here’s my challenge to you – can you read it afresh? Can you approach it like you have never heard it before? What do you notice?

Here’s a line I think I had not quite heard well before….

18 After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.
“Jesus the Nazarene,”they replied.
I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground…  (John 18:1-6)

I’ve read that dozens of times and I can’t ever remember noticing that they drew back and fell to the ground….imagine up to 200 Roman soldiers with the Jews coming with torches, lanterns and weapons falling down after Jesus declares that He is the I AM.

It is as if Jesus has to coax them in to following through on the arrest. What happened there? What force was at work that created a physical response?

I remember a few years ago I was sitting in a service….it was likely many other ones, the music was good, it was comfortable….I was sitting on the aisle when suddenly I felt a warm breeze pass us. It was so powerful I turned and asked Wendy if she had felt it? She said she had…within minutes people got out of their seats and went and kneeled at the mercy seat. Not a few – many. Dozens and dozens of people, many of whom had not done so for a long time. The service took on a life of it’s own, not directed by an order of service, but directed by The Holy Spirit.

A spiritual happening invoked a physical response.

Here the Spirit of God is visiting – perhaps to strengthen Jesus, perhaps a mere mention of the I AM. Whatever is at play, it is an act of God. Jesus submission to the will of His Father has power.

So too ours, when we submit we begin to understand “my strength is made perfect in weakness”.

Perhaps our preparing for Easter really only requires one thing. Submission.

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Cougar Creek revisited

Since the flooding of Canmore and Calgary in 2013 we have not been back to see the area especially the Cougar Creek area near where Amanda and Phil live.  Tonight Amanda and I went for a walk up the creek and words fail to communicate what we saw.  The work in repairing and setting in place a better flood management system is well under way but frankly – it is immense!

So here’s some photos from April 2011 and from tonight.

Standing in the canyon

Walking on the frozen creek

Enjoying a hike father and son

Now to the view of this during the flood….

Not much explanation needed there…. the deluge of water, mud, rocks, boulders, trees and debris
from the mountain.

Now tonight we found this….

The new water diversion area

Gravel everywhere

A debris fence

See Amanda – it’s a huge structure

A very tame cougar creek now

In the midst of the debris zone some trees survived

Ready for the next flood

Put to bed – almost

Frequent readers will know we have a small hybrid trailer – just 19 feet but big enough to contain years of memories – big enough to fill up our need for escape – big enough to satisfy our outdoor living needs.  But no matter how big the RV unless it and you are headed south for the winter it must be winterized.

Well today was our day to put it to bed – to shut things down and pump anti-freeze through the lines.  Well we got almost all the work done but the antifreeze.  Seems we have power problems in the on off switch for the water pump.

So it will be another day to finish the job if I can fix the problem.  Anyone know how to change out the switch?