Saturday, October 25, 2014

Whew!! Sermon Completed!

Being less than comfortable doing a sermon at the best of times, this go round has been particularly frustrating.  However, it all changed earlier this afternoon when a friend from far away called and we started discussing the particular lectionary readings I am supposed to be basing the sermon on.

One idea she mentioned stood out like a neon sign. It was the one thought I needed to bring all the ideas together for a coherent sermon that will apply very specifically to our church's present stresses.

As a result the sermon is all written up now, printed off and ready for a review this evening when I practise delivering it to my office mirror.  If nothing else, the fact that it is rather short will give me grace to be heard and perhaps some of the thoughts will even be remembered in the coming week.  There are only 2 points, they are clear, short and don't need a lot of belabouring to be understood. I was trying to unnecessarily complicate things, but the Spirit knows that simplicity is far more appropriate this week.

Thank you Lord for the guidance of your Spirit through the words of my friend.  It is yet another lesson for me in how God's people need each other and were created for community rather than solitude.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Inevitable Winter Weather

The wind changed today.  It was definitely a cold wind, unlike the balmy breezes we have been enjoying for the past few weeks.  The chill went right through my light jacket as I quick stepped to a restaurant for my lunch, trying not to shiver visibly as I realized my choice for a coat was all wrong.  Yesterday I took my walks, leisurely strolls, in my shirt sleeves.

The sun is so low in the sky by mid afternoon that 2:30pm looks and feels like 5:30pm did a month ago.

The forcast for tomorrow is not too bad with a high of +16C, but after dipping well below zero overnight into Sunday the daytime highs are predicted to be only about +2C to +4C for the next few days. Brrrrrr....

By Monday we are possible going to experience periods of snow, or light rain and flurries depending on which weather forecast you believe.  I would prefer periods of snow without the rain coming down first and freezing all over everything. Once that happens we will not be free of the ice for the entire winter. I would so love just one winter like Northern Alberta: lots of snow but not much ice on the roads and sidewalks; certainly not the thick base of ice that we struggle with here every winter.

My husband and his assistant priest got away to their weekend of seminars in good time today.  My husband called me from a lovely little Thai restaurant where he was having his dinner tonight, all excited about his weekend and about a chance to spend time in a favourite city of mine, but on his own and able to visit his buddies, to talk about theolgy and philosphy to his heart's content.  Tomorrow the seminars begin and he will be intensely busy teaching and learning.

I have the music decided for the local Sunday service, but now am struggling with my homily.  It isn't coming together yet.  I have several pages of unconnected ideas in my attempt to tie the scriptures for this week together as a cohesive unit.  The commentaries on these lections that I am reading are not doing that great a job either actually, so it will be interesting to see what I can glean from some other commentaries and authors.  The tie in is the death of Moses and I can make some of the connections between readings smoothly, but what I have still leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe after a good sleep tonight I will have more success in completing this "mess" of a message.  There isn't one main idea that stands out to me as a core for my sermon.  Prayer and sleep and tomorrow something will come to mind and spirit, I am sure. I think some of life's current stresses are distracting me from focusing my prayers and thoughts.  Sunday service may be more "interesting" than any one is expecting. hahaha


Thursday, October 23, 2014

But I'm Not Jealous!!

My hair dresser told me today that she has begun a project for herself as a break away from child rearing and hair styling.  She has joined the local roller derby group.

Oooh, I am so envious! I freely admit it.

When I was 18 I was old enough to join the roller derby group in my home city. Roller derby in those days was far more rough and tumble than it is today with the newer rules for women, but I wanted very much to participate.  I started that summer to go to the local rollerskating rink to practise the skating techniques, practise falling down without injuring myself too badly, doing exercises in preparation for my hopeful acceptance into the group that autumn.

I didn't tell anyone I was doing it.  My family had no idea and I was not dumb enough to tell my parents as that would have been the end of it right there.  By the end of Sept. I felt more than ready to apply to join up.

A month later I had the accident that resulted in my hip being broken and that was the end of my roller derby dream.  Sigh......that was a tough loss for me.

Now I can live my dream vicariously through the local roller derby club and my friend's involvement. She is still training and won't be skating against the other clubs until January, but I can't wait to go and watch her and the rest of the club.  

Yay, a sport done locally that I truly enjoy!  A sport for adults!! 


Excellent Quote

From the Salesian Missions in New Rochelle, NY:

Take time to think, it is the source of power. 
Take time to play, it is the source of perpetual youth. 
Take time to read, it is the fountain of wisdom. 
Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth. 
Take time to love and be loved, it is a God-given privilege. 
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness. 
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. 
Take time to give, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work, it is the price of success. 
Take time to do charity, it is the key to heaven.

Happy Hair Day

Is there a happier day than hair cut and style day?  I don't think so.  Today is that day for me.  YAY!!!  I always look nice for 3 days after a new cut and style before having to revert to my own devices to try keeping it up.  I am rarely successful, so even with a well cut, simple style, it remains beyond my control to look decent after that intial 3 days.  Hence, the over load of joy on The Day. hahaha 

O Canada

Our country's population is still reeling today after two terrorist attacks in as many days, one in Quebec and one in Ontario.

Yesterday a convicted felon, recently converted to Islam for the apparent purpose of launching attacks on the Canadian military as an act of terrorism or wannabe terrorism after being denied the ability to travel internationally, invaded our national parliament buildings.  He killed a soldier on guard duty at the national war memorial and injured security staff while our politicians and their aides scrambled for safety. He was eventually shot and killed by security police.

The news channels are filled with the usual analysis (sorry folks, but in my opinion "analysis" is NOT news, only the sound of opinions flowing freely from media types who have been assigned to fill air time but have not been given any new information to share) and the released facts have been sparse to date.  "Joe Canadian" has not been given much information about what actually is going on and how the situation is being handled.

However, despite a lack of information to go on, I actually have only one question and that is:  WHY ARE WE SO SHOCKED THAT THIS OCCURRED HERE?

Over the past few years, particularly under the leadership of our current Prime Minister, Canada has exchanged its traditional military role as internationsl peace keeper to one of active combat overseas.  Our soldiers are being slaughtered in ugly wars in other countries. Our role in international war is not much different now than that of our southern neighbours, so why o why should we be so shocked when our own country receives the same type of fall out from terrorists that is being experienced there?

While the two incidents of terrorism here did not have the splashy pizzazz of the United States' horrific 9/11 disaster, I personally find them even more frightening.  Micro-terrorism is not as difficult to perform.  Murdering a soldier or politician or two, here and there and who knows where else, is not that difficult.  It requires minimal planning and expense in comparision to what happened down south.  It is much easier to execute. (pun intentional)

I hope we will not be naive as a nation.  We have been seemingly immune to the types of tragedies and disasters that have been occuring around us for decades, but now we have lost our international "good reputation" as peace keepers and we can expect to reap the consequences.

O Canada, what have you done to yourself?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When Are We Going to Get It?

Apparently our RCMP are moving toward creating a 50/50 gender hiring policy.  They do not want to be discriminatory in their hiring of officers to protect our citizens.  

Not being discrminatory is a fine thing.

However, to use a policy that demands hiring percentages based on gender is incredibly discriminatory. In this case it is men who will be  discrminated against.  Hiring policies based on gender are actually guilty of prolonging and bolstering the very problem the policies are supposed to be eliminating.

When are we going to understand that until gender is no longer an issue at all, AT ALL, until it is removed from the hiring equation and hiring is based on qualifications and experience only, we will not be free of gender discriminatory hiring practises??