Saturday, 14 April 2012


Happy Saturday!    Yesterday was cleaning up and tidying up and seeing Old Son off on a Military Ball Band gig in US Air Force Base Minot.   There is nothing like having one's mother standing in the house with the window open singing at the top of her lungs "Home,  Home on the Range.  Where Mother never goes Anywhere!  And Old Son goes away to drum all day.  With the Pipe and Drum --mm band!"      God bless Old Son and his patience with his parents :)    It has become a standing semi-humourous  comment around here that our family does not go on a holiday... and hasn't been on a holiday since we moved to Brandon in 2008.     Old Son and I would like to go anywhere on the train and Husband wants to stay home as he is on the road all the time. 
Yet,  what is a holiday anyway?   A holy time.   A time of taking oneself away from their normal everyday lives and exploring God's world.   A time to rejoice in God's presence.   We can actually do that in our own homes.    Turn off the phones,  unplug the TV,   and enjoy God's presence through reading,  meditating,  taking a spiritual development course,  or quilting to name a few.

Shameless advertising....Advertising:  Spiritual Practices Workshop on “Proclamation”.  How to share the Good News of Christ with our Family,  our Friends, and our Neighbours.   Cost is free.  Lunch is provided!  (Wow!)   RSVP the Tuesday before the event you wish to attend to Glenn at  or 204-728-7665.   
Westwood Presbyterian Church,  Winnipeg  April 21  9am to 3pm.  (RSVP by April 17th)                   St. Andrew’s  Geraldton  May 5  9am to 3pm  (RSVP by May 1)                                 
 First,  Portage la Prairie  June 16  9am to 3pm  (RSVP by June 12).                             
What to bring with you:   Bible,  Notebook,  pen.    Invite your family and friends and neighbours to this free event.  

Yesterday I attempted to create the second window of the Cathedral Window quilt I've been working on for over three years.   Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the original squares I thought were 8 1/2" were actually 9".    Ooopsie.   So now I have two Cathedral Window sections that are two different sizes.  What to do?   Snort with laughter at one's stupidity of not leaving the size of the squares in with the project and hammering the completed Window onto a wall.    I will continue the Cathedral Window quilt with the smaller size squares.    Humm,  I wonder if Christopher Wren had this same problem with St. Paul's Cathedral  :)

Saturday's  Retreat......
Great God,  we come before You today in prayer.  We come burdened with problems and You give us rest.  You take our burdens and make them Yours and give us rest for our souls.   We lift up to You today in prayer the Workshop in Proclaiming God’s Good News to our Family,  our Friends,  and our Neighbours.   Be with our Graduating Student  from the Presbytery of Brandon Kathryn Bretzlaff as she seeks out God’s calling.   Be with the Summer Students in Winnipegosis, Kenora Fellowship Centre and Geraldton.    Holy,  Holy,  Holy God,  be with those who will be leading in worship tomorrow.   Prepare all our hearts to be opened to You this day as we live in Your Word and work.   This we ask in Jesus name.  Amen. 

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