This afternoon we went with our neighbours Steve and Sandy to the Harrow Fair. It is always a good fair and today was no exception. It is a gorgeous day and it was good to be out in the sun enjoying the county. We saw lots of neat fruit, vegetables, animals, preserves, and baked goods. Everything was well done out there. The 850 plus pound pumpkin was impressive.
Church was great today with a great crowd, especially for a Labour Day weekend. Christian Paulton gave an excellent children’s focus. The music was great as always – a shout out to Andrea everyone! The highlight really was the proclimation today. The congregation was treated to a stellar homily from our Honourary Assistant Geoff Dibbs. Today’s congregation was reminded of how we are called to a gift giving people. He told great joke that really brought the house down. It went something like this – (sorry Geoff if I get it wrong.)
The Major went out to find that none of his nine soldiers were back from there first leave in quite some time. One finally ran up, sweating heavily. – "Sorry, sir! I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran five miles, and now I’m here."
The Major was very sceptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the soldier go. Moments later, more soldiers came up to the Major panting, he asked them why they were late. – "Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I’m here."
The Major eyed them, feeling very sceptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too. Finally the last solider jogged up to the Major, panting heavily. – "Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but…" "Let me guess," the Major interrupted, "it broke down."
"No," said the soldier., "there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them."
It was a strong story that made a clear point. Our own agenda, our own excuses, our own insecurities are all obstacles. It left me and I’m sure all asking about the dead horses between myself and God. What are the things that hold me back from being all that God is calling me to be? We make all the excuses sometimes for not reaching out, not being there. Today was a strong reminder to think hard about how we can be a people of hope, love, and forgiveness. There was a tonne of food for thought in this well prepared and well delivered sermon! Good Job Geoff!
Dinner last night was a success – Everything was tasty. I never did get to dessert. It is a delayed thing. Dessert will be served tonight at Dairy Queen, Slinky’s Ice Cream, or Baskin Robbins – Catherinanne’s choice.
Well …I have to go get that dessert! Cheers for now!