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Author: Patti

We Will Remember Them

They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun, and in the morning We will remember them In memory of our fallen Canadians: Cpl. Matthew Dinning — Afghanistan, April 22, 2006 Lieut. William Turner — Afghanistan, April 22, 2006 Bombardier Myles Mansell — Afghanistan, April 22, 2006 Cpl. Randy Payne — Afghanistan, April 22,...

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He is Risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia! The above is the greeting and response traditionally given between Christians on Easter day. The day is a joyous day, celebrating the discovery of the empty tomb and the risen Christ appearing before the women who had come to the tomb grieving the loss of their Lord. Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth. We’ve just finished 40 days of Lent in which we reflect on our life in Christ. This morning in church we also celebrated the baptism of two youngsters. Two new members of our church family, their rebirth into the life of Christ. The sermon this morning touched on some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the biblical stories of the death and resurrection of Christ. Isn’t that a pretty common and human response? If you can’t get your head around something or prove that it absolutely could happen, you decide that it was all subtafuge. Each to their own. My faith doesn’t stand or fall on literal belief in any reported event in the bible. I see the bible as being written largely in metaphorical language, reflecting the ageless struggle of the human psyche to describe, explain and reflect on that inner need we all have for a spiritual understanding of the powers beyond our understanding which surround us. The bible can provide a guidebook of sorts to much of...

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Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. Went to church this morning, it was that important a day. Today is the day which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In some Christian circles the Jews are vilified as the people who were responsible for his crucifixion. I can’t bring myself to do that, nor can I consider Judas to be a betrayer of Christ to the Jewish leadership. If Christ’s death on the cross was the fulfillment of the scriptures and God’s will, how can any earth bound person have responsibility for his death? They would have played their parts in order for God’s will to have been carried out. His death was the sealing of the new covenant… the promise of forgiveness and redemption no matter how many times we fall short of perfect. We need only a sincere desire to admit our shortcomings and try to walk His path. I spent the rest of the day resting mostly, watching some TV and doing some reading of other...

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What a day

Just getting home, and am rather beat but wound a bit. I was flying low down from my dad’s place just now and encountered a cop doing radar in total darkness out in the middle of nowhere. Well, had he chose to he had me dead to rights, not quite as fast as he could have had me for just 5 minutes earlier but fast enough. I was not foolish enough to deny that I was speeding nor to argue. I simply handed over my license, ownership and insurance and waited. Whew! a warning to slow down and I was on my way home. Church was good this morning, a rather uplifting day, especially for Palm Sunday. We had 25 in church this morning, we usually end up with about 19 or 20. Three of those in attendance were youngsters,  an infant and two toddlers. They were active but not overdone. When you go to a church which has a noticeable absence of children and young people, the sound of children in church is music to the ears. A couple came in right at the end of the service who were guests. They accepted an invitation to join us for our coffee and fellowship time and the members made a point of talking to them and welcoming them. That is a big bit of progress as churches are notorious...

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Recovery is Slowly Happening

Well the bronchitis is slowly coming under control. I finished the antibiotics the doc gave me but the cough is still persisting. Not as bad as it was and I still tire if I’m not careful how much energy I’m using up but all in all, I’m somewhat on the road to recovery. I was home almost all day today. I had to go to an Area Council meeting for the church in Peterborough this evening. It was a long meeting, about 3 hours but we did cover a lot of material and ended up needing some lengthy discussions to accomplish that. Least the weather was good for...

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